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Company Sergeant Major George Arthur Mote, DCM

Company Sergeant Major George Arthur Mote, DCM

Male 1888 - 1917  (28 years)

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  • Name George Arthur Mote 
    Title Company Sergeant Major 
    Suffix DCM 
    Born 25 Aug 1888  Islington, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Mil-Action
    • After serving in the 1st Middlesex Regiment, George emmigrated to Toronto, Canada with his younger brother Edward Mote #192903 in 1908 in search of that old clich?, steady work. Edward found employment as an electrician and George went to work with the T. Eaton Co. as a "corset cutter". He apparently had a "girl friend", Miss. Annie Smith, 784 Queen St. East, Toronto. However, his next of kin and assigned pay were sent to his father, living at 62 Chatterton Road, Finsbury Park, London. Both men joined the 2nd Regiment Queen's Own Rifles in 1913. George followed the QOR's contingent to Valcartier when the war was declared in August, 1914 and was enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force as Sergeant George Mote, service number 9389, CEF. He continued to follow the 3rd Battalion to their training camp on the Salisbury Plains, Camp Bustard, being promoted to platoon Sergeant in Company "B".

      During the 1st Canadian Division's and 3rd Battalion's initiation to battle at the 2nd Battle of Ypres on April 23/24, the 3rd Battalion was demolished. If a Canadian soldier wasn't dead, gassed or missing, he was most likely captured or wounded. Because he was attached to "B" Company, 3rd Battalion and not one of the two attacking companies, "C" and "D", Sergeant Mote managed to survive the battle unscathed.

      After the battalion was substantially reinforced in early May, with over 200 men including John Cody, from the 23rd Battalion, The "Dirty Third" again took to battle on May 18 at Festubert. Along with the remainder of 1st Brigade, in a reserve position, they cleaned up operations after the 2nd and 3rd Brigades ran into trouble in an ill-timed and ill-planned attack, on May 24 at "the Orchard". For actions in this battle Sergeant George Mote was awarded the prestigious Distinguished Conduct Medal with the following citation from the London Gazette:

      For conspicuous gallantry on the 24th May, 1915 at Festubert. In company with another Non-Commissioned Officer, Sergeant Mote volunteered to attempt the rescue of an Officer of his Battalion, who after being seriously wounded, had been left in a place of cover within a few yards of German trenches. They proceeded by different routes under a very heavy shell fire, Sergeant Mote reaching tghe spot indicated only to find that the Officer was not there. The other N.C.O. lost his life in gallantly making the attempt to rescue this Officer.

      The officer in question is Lieutenant Reginald N.C. Craig and the N.C.O. is believe to have been Private Benjamin Irons #10135. Both bodies were not recovered and both names are inscribed on the Vimy Memorial.

      November 11, 1915, Sergeant Mote was promoted to the rank of Acting Company Sergeant Major, "B" Company and thereafter granted 9 days leave from February 2, 1916. I believe he received his D.C.M. during this leave, from King Edward. On return his service was uninterupted at the front lines with the 3rd Battalion save for a week attached to the Divisional Grenade School.

      However George's luck ran out on June 3, 1916 at Hill 60 in the Ypres battlefield, Belgium.

      CSM Mote was in the rear of the leading platoon, "B" Company on the way as reinforcements when a shell burst behind him. He received shot wounds to right shoulder right ankle with an intact shrapnel shell penetrating his spine. He was knocked down, not unconscious, was unable to move his legs.

      George Mote remained paralized until his death. He died at Duchess of Connaught Canadian Red Cross Hospital in Taplow on February 6, 1917 after months of excruciating pain and paralysis. He is buried in a beautiful, serene plot with three military comrades in London's famous Highgate Cemetery.

      Very interesting that even though only four of the 315 soldiers buried in Highgate Cemetery, London, have Canadian affiliation, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission has chosen the serene grave of George Mote (and his four resting companions) to illustrate on their web profile of the cemetery.

      Company Sergeant Major George A Mote was replaced on the battlefield by Company Sergeant Major Frank W. Knight #9459, MM.
    Occupation 1914  Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    a Corset Cutter. It is assumed that he worked with the Eaton Company in Canada as he appears on their Memorial Plaque, last known to be located at the Toronto Eaton Centre at Younge & Dundas Streets 
    Milit-Beg 22 Sep 1914  Valcartier, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Nationality 1917 
    Canadian 
    Buried Feb 1917  Highgate Cemetery, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    The grave of George Arthur Mote in Highgate Cemetery, London, England.
    Milit-End 06 Feb 1917 
    • He was a Company Sergeant Major in B Company, 3rd Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment).
      His name appears on page 298 of the Canadian Book of Remembrance - First World War
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    The Canadian Book of Remembrance - this page contains the entry for George Arthur Mote; document
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    The Eaton Memorial Plaque situated in the Eaton Centre, Toronto, Canada
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    • the British and Commonwealth Distinguished Conduct Medal
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    The British and Commonwealth Distinguished Conduct Medal
    Died 06 Feb 1917  Duchess of Connaught Canadian red Cross Hospital, Taplow, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I39881  Mote/McInnes
    Last Modified 19 Jan 2013 

    Father Arthur Charles Mote,   b. Abt Mar 1859, Islington, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt Jun 1939, Islington, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 80 years) 
    Mother Norah Hannah McNamara,   b. Abt 1866, St Lukes, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Sep 1951, 29 Augusta Road, Ramsgate, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 85 years) 
    Married Abt Dec 1887  Islington, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 05 Apr 1891  Islington, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 1901  193 Bla?????? Road, Islington, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 02 Apr 1911  99 Plimsoll Road, Finsbury Park, Islington, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • the dwelling had seven rooms
    Family ID F9007  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsOccupation - a Corset Cutter. It is assumed that he worked with the Eaton Company in Canada as he appears on their Memorial Plaque, last known to be located at the Toronto Eaton Centre at Younge & Dundas Streets - 1914 - Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - Feb 1917 - Highgate Cemetery, London, England Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
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    Back Row Left to Right: Company Sergeant Major George Patrick (KIA 06/12/1916), Sergeant Albert Lancey, Sergeant William Jack, Lt. Sgt. Alan Reeve.
    Middle Row L to R: Company Sergeant Major Francis Knight, Company Sergeant Major George Arthur Mote, Sergeant Herbert Wiles.
    Front Row: Sergeant John A Newton

    Photograph provided by Bob Richardson