Drummond was from Midland, Ontario and the Huronia Museum bought his medals through an online auction, part of a program over the past few years to bring back to the area service medals of residents of the area.
The Military Cross is the third highest award for valour in the Commonwealth.
Nov. 6th opening of the special exhibit of military medals and other materials at the Huronia Museum in Midland, Ontario
from an online article by Bill Smith, see him in other photos in this set. –
“Kevin was the youngest of the boys. The Drummond children attended Midland schools and during these years the stone walls became part of the property. I like to think of the children watching the craftsmen at work as the wall grew around them, providing beauty to the landscape. Later, Kevin returned to Montreal to attend McGill University. Graduating as an engineer he returned to Midland to work in the smelter and, once more lived at Georgian Lodge. As most young men did at the time, he joined the militia, serving in the 35th Battalion Simcoe Foresters for 2 years until 1916. With war going on in Europe he joined the 76th Battalion inBarrie. In that same year, as the war worsened, he transferred to a Montreal regiment, the 24th Battalion, Victoria Rifles of Canada, becoming a Lieutenant with the move. He was shipped overseas and on April 9th, 1917 was wounded atVimy Ridge.
He was awarded the Military Cross.
It states in the”Supplement to the London Gazette”, 18 July, 1917: “Lt. Kevin Stewart Drummond Can. Infy: For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty.Though wounded he successfully led a bombing attack against an enemy machine gun. Earlier in the advance, seeing the men had lost direction, he rallied them and led them to their objective.”
His wounds were severe requiring several months to recover. But, in January of 1918, in good healthonce more, he returned to the war in France. On the 8th of July Kevin Drummondwas killed in action. ”