|Date of Birth||August 11, 1878|
|Place of Birth||Maybole, Ayrshire|
|Next of Kin||Mrs Agnes McLintock, mother, 537 Govan Road, Govan, Scotland|
|Trade / Calling||Carpenter|
|Service Record||Link to Service Record|
|Force||Canadian Expeditionary Force|
|Enlisted / Conscripted||Enlisted|
|Date of Enlistment||May 26, 1915|
|Age at Enlistment||36|
|Theatre of Service||Europe|
|Prisoner of War||No|
|Date of Death||December 22, 1974|
|Age at Death||96|
|Buried At||Riverside Cemetery, Thunder Bay, Ontario|
Andrew Brackenridge McClinton was born on 11 August 1878 in Maybole, Ayrshire, Scotland. His father William McClinton, a shoemaker, was from Stoneykirk, Wigtownshire while his mother Agnes Bruce was from Symington, Ayrshire. The couple married on 31 January 1861 in Inch, Wigtown. Their first child, daughter Elizabeth, was born in Inch but after her birth the family moved to Maybole where the rest of the children were born: Thomas, William, Mary, Agnes, John, and Andrew. At some point between the 1881 and 1891 Scotland censuses, the family moved first to Glasgow Barony and then to Glasgow Townhead, for reasons unknown changing their surname to McLintock. By the 1901 census Andrew was working as a joiner (carpenter).
Andrew immigrate to Canada in 1907, arriving in Halifax aboard the Laurentian in March. In May his sister Elizabeth MacPherson and her two children immigrated to join her husband Peter, all settling in the town of Keewatin in northwestern Ontario where Andrew and Peter found work as flour packers with the Lake of the Woods Milling Company.
Andrew signed his attestation papers on 26 May 1915 in Kenora, Ontario, giving his year of birth as 1884, his occupation as carpenter, and his mother Agnes back in Scotland as next of kin. The 52nd (New Ontario) Battalion, CEF was raised in Northern Ontario during the spring of 1915 with its mobilization headquarters at Port Arthur (Thunder Bay), Ontario. Recruiting took place during the spring and summer, drawing from Kenora, Fort Frances, Dryden, Port Arthur and Fort William. The battalion left Port Arthur 4 November 1915 for New Brunswick. On 23 November 1915, with the 52nd Battalion, Private Andrew McLintock embarked from Saint John aboard the California.
Once in England the battalion spent 6 weeks of training under British instructors at Witley Camp, and then moved on to Bramshott for 2 more weeks. On 20 February 1916, the 52nd sailed from Southampton to La Havre in France, and then on to Belgium by train. Just a short time later, at Ypres, Andrew sustained gunshot wounds to the head and right shoulder. He was admitted to the No 13 Stationary Hospital in Boulogne on 3 June 1916 and then on to the No 1 Convalescent Depot on the 5th, discharged on the July 28th as class C. In early August Andrew was transferred to the Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre and then to the 1st Canadian Convalescent Depot at Folkstone, taken on strength on August 8th. He went through a series of transfers in England before returning to Canada aboard the Grampian, embarking from Liverpool on 18 October 1917. Back in Canada Sergeant Andrew McLintock served as an instructor with the 1st Depot Battalion Manitoba Regiment in Port Arthur, discharged in Winnipeg on 10 December 1918.
On 7 April 1918, in Port Arthur, Andrew married Susan Chambers Cunningham. Born in Leith, Scotland, Susan was the daughter of Robert and Margaret (née Chambers) Cunningham. She had arrived in Canada aboard the Grampian when Andrew did although her destination was given as Port Arthur to see her brother. On the marriage record Andrew’s occupation was given as carpenter Sergeant with the 52nd Battalion and as on his service record, his middle name was given as Bruce.
Andrew and Susan were to make Port Arthur their home where Andrew found work with the Saskatchewan Pool Elevators, surviving two explosions at the elevator in 1945 and 1952. The couple gave birth to four children, daughters Margaret and Janet, and two stillborn children, a son in 1926 and a daughter in 1933. Andrew was a member of the Port Arthur Branch 5 Royal Canadian Legion, the Lakeview Presbyterian Church, the Imperial Army Veterans, the Senior Citizens Friendship Club, and the Sons of Scotland.
Predeceased by his father William in 1904 in Govan, his mother Agnes in 1922 in Glasgow, and his wife Susan in 1960 in Port Arthur, Andrew died in the Thunder Bay Hospital on 22 December 1974. At the time of his death he was survived by his second wife Jane, daughters Margaret Mossman of Thunder Bay and Janet Ireland of Sydney, British Columbia, ten grandchildren and several great grandchildren. Jane later died in 1992. Andrew is interred in a Military plot in the Riverside Cemetery in Thunder Bay.
In August of 1919 the town of Keewatin held a demonstration where those who had served during the war were presented with medals and badges by the mayor, with Andrew’s name on the list. Andrew is commemorated for his service during the war on the Lake of the Woods Milling Company plaque, the Municipality of Keewatin for King and Country plaque, and the Town of Keewatin Roll of Honour plaque.
by Judy Stockham
Andrew’s obituary provided by the Thunder Bay Public Library