John Rennie (GC)


John Rennie (GC)

Infobox Military Person
name= John 'Jock' Rennie
born= 1919
died=29 October, 1943
placeofbirth= Aberdeen, Scotland
placeofdeath= Riddlesworth, nr Slough, England


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allegiance= Canada
branch= Canadian Army
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rank= Acting Sergeant
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unit= The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada (Princess Louise's)
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Acting Sergeant John Rennie (1919-1943) was posthumously awarded the George Cross for the gallantry he displayed in protecting others after a training accident at Riddlesworth near Slough on the 29 October, 1943.

Serving with the The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada (Princess Louise's), he was overseeing a grenade throwing drill when a live grenade rolled back into the trench his men were in. He pushed another man out of the way, picked up the grenade and attempted to throw it to safety as it exploded. He was mortally wounded but, by his sacrifice, had protected his comrades from the explosion. "Jock" Rennie was born in Aberdeen in Scotland in 1920 and had emigrated with his family to [Kitchener, [Ontario] as a child. [ [http://www.gc-database.co.uk/recipients/RennieJ.htm George Cross database] Accessed 20 November 2007.]

A plaque in his honour is displayed on the wall of the Armouries on the east side of James Street North in Hamilton, Canada.cite web
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title = Acting Sergeant John Rennie, G.C. 1919-1943
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