Company Quartermaster Sergeant James Minorgan was born in Ellengowan, Ontario on December 6th, 1895. He was living in Sundridge, Ontario when he enlisted in Parry Sound with the 162nd Overseas Battalion on April 11th, 1916.
Shipping for England on board the S.S. Caronia in November of 1916, he was called-up to action in France in February of 1917. Minorgan was killed in action on April 17th, 1917 in an attack south east of Souchez, France, and is buried in Canadian Cemetery No. 2 in Neuville-St. Vaast.
CQMS Minorgan's Service Record (Reg/Ser# 657846) is available online through Library and Archives Canada.
Burial information is available at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
A memorial page honouring him can be visited online at the Canadian Virtual War Memorial.
The collection for Company Quartermaster Sergeant James Minorgan was created from the donation of the Gladys Hornibrook materials. Living in the small village of Sundridge near North Bay, Ontario, Gladys was only thirteen years old when World War One began. While the majority of her correspondence was with her uncles in overseas service, the letters, photos, and other memorabilia that she saved from the war years included keepsakes relating to other local solders. The Minorgan memorial card and postcard were among them.