9425 Private Maurice Crighton was born in 1894, the son of Sergeant Major George Crighton and his wife Mary. George joined the Queen’s Own before 1885, served in the North West Rebellion, and became Regimental Sergeant Major of the Regiment in 1915. Maurice followed in his father’s footsteps and joined the Queen’s Own when he was old enough and at the outbreak of the First World War was one of the first to enlist with the 3rd Battalion CEF on 22 September 1914. At the time of enlistment he listed his occupation as Postal Clerk. By early 1915 the 3rd Bn 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 mate’s rifle straight into his head killing him instantly. Pte M Crighton is commemorated on the Vimy ridge Memorial.
You can see Maurice Crighton’s 1st WW records here.