Andrew George Latta McNaughton

Andrew George Latta McNaughton

Andrew George Latta McNaughton (1887–1966) was born in Moosomin, Saskatchewan, and studied electrical engineering at McGill University. After graduation, he worked as an electrical engineer while also serving in the militia. McNaughton had attained the rank of Major by the time he attested into the 3rd Battery, Canadian Field Artillery at Valcartier, Quebec, in September 1914. McNaughton combined his scientific background and front-line experience to develop ways of using artillery to provide cover for advancing troops. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Order in February 1918, Mentioned in Despatches that May, and promoted to Brigadier-General at the end of the war. Unlike most veterans, McNaughton decided to remain in uniform after the war, and in 1929 he was appointed Chief of the General Staff. He subsequently served as the head of the National Research Council. During the Second World War, McNaughton served as a senior military commander and then as the Minister of National Defence.

Service Record Details

Attestation paper 1

Date of Birth: February 25, 1887

Date of Attestation: September 26, 1914

Age at Enlistment: 27 years

Prior Military Service: 3rd Battery, Canadian Field Artillery

Height: 5 feet, 10 1/2 inches


Description: Dark complexion, brown eyes and black hair

Home Address: c/o Royal Trust Co., Montréal, Quebec

Trade: Electrical engineer

Married: Yes

Next of Kin: Wife

Theatre of War: Europe

Casualties/Medical History

McNaughton received a gunshot wound to the left arm at Saint Julien in April 1915, and he was wounded a second time, in the back and both legs, in February 1918.

Interesting Details from the Service Record


The London Gazette

The London Gazette, Supplement 31129, Page 877
The London Gazette, Supplement 30780, Page 7890
The London Gazette, Issue 31370, Page 6793
The London Gazette, Supplement 31317, Page 5431
The London Gazette, Supplement 30507, Page 1600

Military Medals, Honours and Awards (1812–1969)

CH - Companion of Honour
CMG - Companion of the Order of Saint Michael and Saint George
Grand Officer of the Order of Leopold
CD - Canadian Forces Decoration
1st Clasp to CD - Canadian Forces Decoration
2nd Clasp to CD - Canadian Forces Decoration
DSO - Distinguished Service Order
MID - Mention in Despatches, 1917-01-04
MID - Mention in Despatches, 1918-05-28
MID - Mention in Despatches, 1919-07-11

Census Records

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