CEF Soldier Detail

Second Lieutenant Maurice Irving Machell
Died: September 15, 1916

Regimental Number:
NA
Survived War:
No
Force:
British Army
Regiment:
British Infantry
Battalion:
5th Battalion, King's Shropshire Light Infantry
Company:
Place of Birth:
Toronto, Ontario
Country:
Canada
Next of Kin:
Dr. Henry T. Machell, Toronto, Ontario
Address at Enlistment:
Date of Birth:
Trade or Calling:
Marital Status:
Not Specified
Prior Military Experience:
Not Specified
Place of Enlistment:
Date of Enlistment:
October 4, 1914
Age at enlistment:
Height:
Chest:
Expansion:
Religion:
Unknown
Enlisted or Conscripted:
Enlisted
Saw service in:
Europe    
Cause of Death:
Killed in Action
Battle Died/Wounded:
KIA near Delville Wood, at the Somme.
Date of Death:
September 15, 1916
Age at Death:
25
Buried at:
Thiepval Memorial, France
Plot:
N/A
Commemorated:
The War Book of Upper Canada College, Toronto, 1923; University of Toronto Roll of Service, 1921.
 
Prisoner of war:
No
Interned:
Gender:
Male
Ethnic Origin:
Caucasian
Canadian Virtual War Memorial
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Research Notes
Torontonensis 1913 - private collection, M. I. Pirie.
Rank Regiment Unit Company
Second Lieutenant British Infantry 5th Battalion, King's Shropshire Light Infantry
Lance Corporal Canadian Infantry 19th Battalion

Son of Dr. and Mrs. H. T. Machell, of 459, Avenue Rd., Toronto, Canada.

See the Canadian Virtual Memorial (link above) entry for Machell to view his portrait, a biography and photo that originally appeared in the Upper Canada College Roll of Honour, a biography that appeared in the University of Toronto Roll of Service, and a yearbook photo from Torontonensis 1913 (University of Toronto Year Book). 

According to the above sources, Maurice Irving Machell was born in Toronto in 1891.  After studying at Upper Canada College, he studied at Trinity College (U of T) from 1908 - 1913, receiving his B.A.  He then studied at the New York General Theological Seminary from 1913 - 1914. 

Machell began his first World War military service by enlisted in the 19th Battalion C.E.F. and later became a Lance Corporal.   In August 1915 he was appointed to the 3rd King's Shropshire Light Infantry.  He went to france in June 1916 and joined the 5th Battalion of the Regiment at the front.  His death was reported as follows in the University of Toronto Roll of Service:

Early in the morning of the attack on Delville Wood, as it proved impossible to advance through the wood, he took a party round one side to clear out a number of snipers who were threatening his platoon.  He was hit in front of a communication trench leading towards Flers, and died almost instantly.  The work that he had begun was successfully completed by the Sergeant of his party.

Appears to be the brother to Lieut. Geoffrey Machell, 92nd Battalion (Highlanders) C.E.F.