Andrew Campbell McEachern MC
The following biographical information about AC McEachern was taken from Elizabeth Wilson's book entitled They Served for Canada Cornwall's Soldiers of the First World War (1914-1918). Every veteran deserves special recognition, and I would therefore like to encourage readers to read through the biographies of Cornwall's veterans. Captain McEachern was awarded special recognition in the form of a Military Cross for his gallantry and bravery in the battle of Vimy Ridge. This distinguished honor has only been bestowed upon 3,727 Canadians, with 324 first bars and 18 second bars.18 The terms in which this honor is awarded is described by Veterans Affairs Canada as follows, "The Military Cross can be awarded to commissioned officers of the substantive rank of Captain or below (therefore acting and temporary Majors are eligible) or Warrant Officers for distinguished and meritorious services in battle. In 1920, the terms were altered to clearly state the award was for gallant and distinguished services in action and that naval and air force officers could be awarded the cross for gallant and distinguished services on the ground."19
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Captain Andrew Campbell McEachern MC
Born October 28, 1893
Parents: Daniel McEachern
Andrew McEachern worked as a steamfitter in western Canada when he enlisted. He signed up in Calgary, Alberta on January 2, 1915 at the age of twenty-one (21). His Attestation Records indicated his activity in the 103rd Calgary Rifles Militia. He was assigned service number 435082. While serving with the 2nd Heavy Battery Artillery C.E.F. at Vimy Ridge, Captain McEachern was severely wounded. Injured by a bullet, McEachern lived the rest of his life with a permanent hole in his jaw. Awarded the Military Cross at Vimy Ridge, his citation read “For conspicuous gallantry and devotion - before reaching the first objective in an attack he saw about 100 of the enemy approaching to counter-attack. He rushed across the open to where a Lewis gun was lying, brought it into action, and drove off the enemy with heavy casualties.” (The Island Patriot, December 19, 1918, p.1) After the war, Andy married Marion Weatherbie and had two sons, John and Andrew. He resided in Charlottetown.