Victoria Cross at Ypres

Captain Francis Scrimger
Canadian Army Medical Corps

On the afternoon of 25th April, 1915, in the neighbourhood of Ypres, when in charge of an advanced dressing station in some farm buildings, which were being heavily shelled by the enemy, he directed under heavy fire the removal of the wounded, and he himself carried a severely wounded Officer out of a stable in search of a place of greater safety. When he was unable alone to carry this Officer further, he remained with him under fire till help could be obtained.

(Scrimger, VC citation, 22 June 1915)

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Born on 10 February 1880, Francis Alexander Caron Scrimger was a Montreal doctor who had been commissioned in the Canadian Army Medical Corps since 1912. He served as medical officer for the 14th Battalion during the Second Battle of Ypres where he earned the Victoria Cross. He ended the war at the rank of lieutenant colonel.

He later became chair of surgery at McGill and chief surgeon of the Royal Victoria Hospital. He died in Montreal on 13 February 1937.

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