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Percival Molson

In memory of:

Captain Percival Molson

July 5, 1917

Military Service


Age:

36

Force:

Army

Unit:

Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (Eastern Ontario Regt.)

Honours and Awards:

Military Cross

Additional Information


Born:

August 14, 1880
Cacouna, Quebec

Enlistment:

April 26, 1915
Montreal, Quebec

Son of John Thomas Molson and Jane (Jennie) Baker (nee Butler) Molson, of Montreal, Quebec.

In June of 1916, he was badly wounded in the Battle of Mount Sorrel at Sanctuary Wood near Hoge, West Flanders in Belgium. After recovering from his wounds, he returned to the front lines and on July 5, 1917, while with the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry at the outskirts of Avion, Pas-de-Calais near Vimy Ridge in France, Captain Percival Molson was killed by a direct hit from a German howitzer.

In Percival Molson's will he left $75,000 to McGill University to help pay most of the costs for the construction of the stadium. Although it was officially dedicated as McGill Graduates' Stadium at an intercollegiate track meet on Oct. 22, 1915, the Board of Governors of the university renamed the facility Percival Molson Memorial Stadium on October 25, 1919, in honour of this fallen hero.

Commemorated on Page 295 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

VILLERS STATION CEMETERY
Pas de Calais, France

Grave Reference:

VIII. E. I.

Location:

Villers-au-Bois is a village in the Department of the Pas-de-Calais, 11 kilometres north-west of Arras. The VILLERS STATION CEMETERY is about 2 kilometres north-west of the village.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Photo of Percival Molson
  • Photo of  Percival Molson– From the "McGill Honour Roll, 1914-1918".  McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, 1926.
  • Newspaper Clipping– Source: McGill Daily October 1, 1917
  • Newspaper Clipping– In memory of the men and women memorialized on the pages of the Winnipeg Evening Tribune during World War One. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Grave Marker– Photo of grave marker courtesy of Wilf Schofield, England.
  • Newspaper Clipping– In memory of the men and women memorialized on the pages of the Winnipeg Evening Tribune during World War One. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Newspaper Clipping– Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Original Grave Marker– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Original Grave Marker– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Plaque– Capt Percival Molson MC memorial plaque

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