Learn a little Ontario history as told through its plaques
Acting Sergeant John Rennie, G.C. 1919-1943
Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted April, 2004
Photo from Google Street View ©2010 Google - Posted September, 2010
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
"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.
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