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Allen Otty

In memory of:

Lieutenant Allen Otty

October 30, 1917

Military Service


Age:

29

Force:

Army

Unit:

5th Canadian Mounted Rifles (Quebec Regiment)

Honours and Awards:

Mentioned in Despatches

Additional Information


Born:

April 16, 1888
Hampton, New Brunswick

Son of Norval H. and Charlotte Frances Otty (nee Gilbert), of Gagetown, New Brunswick.

Commemorated on Page 304 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

XVIII. E. 3.

Location:

POELCAPELLE BRITISH CEMETERY is located 10 Km north east of Ieper town centre on the Brugseweg (N313), a road connecting Ieper to Brugge. Two streets connect Ieper town centre onto the Brugseweg; Torhoutstraat leads from the market square onto the Kalfvaartstraat. At the end of Kalfvaartstraat is a large junction on which Brugseweg is the first right hand turning. The cemetery itself lies 10 Km along the Brugseweg on the right hand side of the road after passing through the village of Poelcapelle (now Poelkapelle).

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Newspaper Clipping– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me. From the Annie Boyes collection courtesy of the Simcoe County Archives. http://www.simcoe.ca/dpt/arc
  • Photo of Allen Otty– Lieutenant Allen Otty, killed in action North of Passchendaele on October 30th, 1917. He was 29. He was killed while serving with C Company, the 5th CMR. Otty enlisted with the 6 CMR on May 11th 1915, in Amherst, Nova Scotia, where the Otty family has a military history dating back to preconfederation.
 Otty was last heard from at 1:45 PM on the 30th, when after holding a desperate position against repeated counterattack since early that morning, a message from him arrived at HQ by carrier pigeon. It said "holding Source Farm with 6 men. Gifford on the right. Send reinforcements and ammo. Enemy estimated at 300 digging in on the right." 
 No help reached him until dark, by which time sadly Otty had been killed.
  • Gravemarker
  • Photo of Allen Otty– Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me

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