Sergeant Major George Creighton (occasionally spelled Crighton) served over 38 years in the Queen’s Own. He joined before 1885 which was the year he is listed as a Pte in B Company serving during the NW Canada Rebellion. By 1886 he is seen in the photo of the Sergeants’ Mess having been promoted to Sergeant. By 1889 he is granted his Sergeants’ certificate and substantiated in his rank.
Creighton was an excellent shot; qualifying as marksman and winning the Battalion Musketry Badge for best shot on more than one occasion. In 1891 he is promoted to Color Sergeant and in 1892 he is promoted to Sergeant Instructor of Musketry, a Staff Sergeant’s appointment.
Two years before the 1910 England trip, the Regiment expanded to 2 battalions with a Regimental Sergeant Major for the first time and 2 Battalion Sergeants Major. There were a number of photos taken that year and Creighton is seen as the Battalion Sergeant Major of the 2nd Battalion although he did not attend the trip.
In 1912 he represented the regiment at the centenary of the Battle of Queenston Heights and death of General Brock. In 1915, (30 years after he fought during the NW Rebellion), he was promoted to Regimental Sergeant Major. At some point after his stint as RSM he was promoted to Captain as this is the rank he was listed in the funeral order for Bugle Major Charles Swift in 1922. He is also seen in an officer’s uniform in the Church Parade photo taken in May 1922.
In 1894 George and his wife Mary had a son Maurice who, when he was old enough, joined the Queen’s Own as his father had. At the outbreak of the First World War in 1914 Pte Maurice was one of the first to sign-up and joined the 3rd Battalion CEF along with hundreds of other Riflemen from the Queen’s Own.
By early 1915 the 3rd Battalion was in France on the front lines. On May 24 Maurice along with the rest of his company was tasked to provide supporting fire for an attack, unfortunately as Maurice was climbing out of the trench a bullet ricocheted off his mates rifle straight into his head killing him instantly. 9425 Private M Crighton is commemorated on the Vimy Ridge Memorial. You can see Pte M Crighton’s profile here.
Timeline of service:
- 1885, Pte Creighton serves in NW Rebellion, Library and Archives Canada;
- 1886, Sgt Creighton, photo of Sgts’ Mess;
- 1889 15 May, granted Sgt’s certificate and confirmed in rank of Sgt, regimental orders;
- 1891 6 May, promoted Color Sgt, regimental orders;
- 1892, appointed Sgt Instructor of Musketry for left half of the Battalion and attached to F Company, regimental orders;
- 1895, qualified sharpshooter and wins Battalion Musketry badge, regimental orders;
- 1896, Staff Sgt Crighton qualified sharpshooter and earns silk cross guns, regimental orders;
- 1897 13 Oct, qualified marksman and wins battalion best shot, regimental orders;
- 1903, appears in photo of Sgts’ Mess;
- 1904, appears as Color Sgt in photo of Sgts’ Mess;
- 1906, appears as Staff Sgt in photo of Sgts’ Mess;
- 1910, listed as Sergeant Major, 2nd Battalion, photos associated with the trip to England;
- 1912, listed as Sergeant Major, photo of the Sgts’ Mess;
- 1912, listed as Sergeant Major, attending the centenary of the Battle of Queenston Heights;
- 1913, listed as Sergeant Major, photo of the Sgts’ Mess;
- 1914, listed as Regimental Sergeant Major, photo of the Sgts’ Mess;
- 1915, listed as Regimental Sergeant Major, photo of Sgts’ Mess;
- 1922, listed as Captain, pallbearer, on the orders for the funeral of Bugle Major C Swift;
- 1923 appears in a photo of the Battalion Officers in civilian attire.