10 July 1899 - 03 November
June 2018 - Elmwood Cemetery, Perth, Ontario
With the help of Perth Upon Tay, Branch 244 , Royal
Canadian Legion replaced a 100 year old rotted cross
erected by the Gamble family in memory of Andrew Gamble,
killed at the 2nd Battle of Passchendaele.
The Gamble Story
Andrew Gamble with his best friend George Leggett
traveled to Renfrew, Ontario and enlisted with the Lanark
and Renfrew Scottish , 240th Battalion. Gamble , like
many others was underage and went to Renfrew so no-one
would know him. Gamble passed and given Service 1042119.
By the time the 240th embarked on the SS Megantic from
Halifax, Gamble had been promoted to Corporal. When the
240th arrived in England they were transferred to the
7th Reserve Battalion and continued with training.
In order to get to the front line faster, Gamble took a
de-motion to Private and he and Leggett were taken on
strength with the 21st Battalion. 18 October 1917,
Gamble and the 21st Battalion arrived at their billets
in Ourton , France where he was assigned to "C" Company.
26th October 1917, Sir Arthur Currie launched the
Canadian attack on Passchendaele, commonly referred to
as "The 2nd Battle for Passchendaele". On the 3rd
November 1917, the 21st Battalion moved onto the front
line trenches and were met with heavy machine gun fire
and artillery barrage. Both Gamble and his best friend
Leggett never survived that day. Gamble's body has never
been recovered from the mud of Passchendaele.
100,000 Canadians took part in that battle and by 10
November 1917, they had taken Passchendaele again. It
cost Canadians 4,000 killed and 12,000 wounded. 9
Canadians won the Victoria Cross in this battle alone.
Andrew Gamble's name is forever etched on the walls of
Menin Gate in Belgium. His family received his British
War Medal, Victory Medal and Memorial Cross.
The Gambles erected the original wooden cross 100 years
ago. Together with the Leggett family they had made a
beautiful brass cross in memory of Andrew Gamble and
George Leggett, "The 2 chums who fell together during
the Great War." The brass cross, still today, 100 years
later, stands its post behind the Altar at
Anglican Church , Perth with the Lanark Renfrew Scottish
130th Battalion Colours flying high above the same
Sgt At Arms
Perth Upon Tay
Royal Canadian Legion
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The Gamble Family plot
before the ceremony
President Derek Holbeche
and Sgt at Arms Stacey Niceliu salute after
laying the Branch wreath
The new memorial cross