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Acting Sergeant John Rennie, G.C. 1919-1943

Acting Sergeant John Rennie, G.C. 1919-1943

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted April, 2004

Acting Sergeant John Rennie, G.C. 1919-1943

Photo by contributor Brian Bockus - Posted June, 2018

Plaque Location

The City of Hamilton
On the wall of the Armouries on James Street North
across from Mulberry Street

Coordinates: N 43 15.683 W 79 52.007


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Plaque Text

"Jock" Rennie was awarded the George Cross posthumously in May 1944 for an instinctive, selfless act of heroism. Born in Aberdeen, Scotland, he came to Ontario with his family as a child and grew up in Kitchener. Rennie enlisted in The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada (Princess Louise's) at Hamilton in July 1940, and went overseas with them to England in the summer of 1943. On October 29, 1943, he was supervising a grenade-throwing exercise near Riddlesworth when a live grenade fell back into the trench. Rennie pushed one of his men aside and tried to throw the grenade clear. At that moment it exploded. His body shielded others from harm, but he died of his injuries.

Other plaques at this location
Lieutenant Charles Davidson Dunbar, D.C.M. 1870-1939
John Weir Foote Armoury



Hamilton Plaques

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