Langmuir, John William

Colonel John William Langmuir, OBE
Colonel John William Langmuir, OBE

Colonel John William Langmuir, MBE was born in Toronto, September 15, 1891, son of Archibald David Langmuir and Margaret Ince.  His grandfather John Woodburn Langmuir had served with the 16th Battalion during the Fenian Raids of 1866. A younger brother, Gavin Ince Langmuir served with the 15th Battalion, CEF during the First World War and died during the 2nd Battle of Ypres in 1915.

On June 5, 1918, John married Ester Lee Comstock in Leeds, Ontario. They had at least one child.

He died in 1956 and is buried in Oakland Cemetery, Brockville, Ontario.

Service Record

  • October 14, 1914 – Enlisted a s rifleman in “E” Company, 2nd Battalion, Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada having previously served in the Trinity College School Cadets
  • October 21, 1914 – Appointed Provisional Lieutenant
  • March 5, 1915 – Seconded for services in the Canadian Expeditionary Force with the Eaton Armoured Car Battery.
  • February 8, 1916 – Qualified for pilots license on the Maurice Farman Biplane at the Military School, Birmingham
  • March 26, 1917 – Transferred to the Royal Flying Corps and served in France
  • May 12 to  September 2 1916 – served with served in 4 Squadron until he was admitted to hospital
  • August 23, 1917 – Promoted Captain
  • May 31, 1919 – Transferred to Reserve of Officers, CEF
  • June 3, 1919 – Created a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
  • October 1, 1920 – Transferred to active list on reorganization of the Canadian Militia and appointed to command “A” Company, QOR with the rank of Major
  • June 1, 1921 – Appointed Regimental Adjutant
  • April 1, 1925 – Appointed Second in Command, 2nd Battalion
  • September 28, 1928 – Appointed to Command 2nd Battalion and promoted Lieutenant Colonel
  • April 14, 1930 – Appointed to Command Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada
  • April 15, 1932 – Awarded Colonial Auxiliary Forces Long Service Decoration
  • November 8, 1933 – Promoted to Colonel
  • Tenure of Command extended to April 13, 1935
  • May 6, 1935 – Awarded King’s Silver Jubilee medal (George V)
  • 1937 – Awarded Coronation Medal George VI
Colonel J.W. Langmuir, MBE, VD – Fifteenth Commanding Officer, 1930-1935. The original oil painting by Lieutenant (Robert) Allan Barr, hangs in the Queen’s Own Rifles Officers’ Mess. Photo by Christopher Lawson, June 17, 2010.

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