Rogers, Joseph Bartlett

Brigadier Joseph Bartlett Rogers CMG, DSO, MC was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba on 3 March 1886, son of James Erastus Rogers and Alice Hattie Brown.  On June 23, 1920 he married Helen Leadbetter.

As a Captain he had previously had temporary command of the 4th Battalion, CEF from April 27 to May 14, 1915. Rogers commanded the 3rd Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force, from October 1916 to April 1919.  He succeeded Lieutenant Colonel William D. Allan DSO who unfortunately died in England of wounds he had received at Langemarck and The Somme. Rogers was evacuated sick to England February 25, 1918 and returned to duty April 6, 1918

He died 13 October 1940 in Sutton, Ontario and is buried in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Toronto.

A son, Flying Officer Bartlett Leadbetter Rogers died during WWII on March 24, 1944 in Negelstedt, Germany.

Decorations

  • Companion of the Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George, London Gazette, No. 31370, 3-6-19.
  • Distinguished Service Order, London Gazette, No. 30188, 18-7-17
    • Deed of Action – For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty: “He led his battalion in the attack with great tactical skill, and showed great prompt ness and sound judgment in dealing with the difficult situation which had arisen in consequence of the troops on his flank having failed to reach their objective.”
  • Bar to Distinguished Service Order, London Gazette, No. 31043, 2-12-18.
    • For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty:  “While directing the attack of his battalion, a heavy mist obscured the operations, and he suddenly found his party confronted by about 60 of the enemy, who had passed by. He promptly collected the details and led them across the open against the enemy. His conduct in face of an awkward situation was an example to all.”
  • Military Cross, London Gazette, No. 20438, 14-1-16.
  • Mentioned in Despatches, London Gazette, No. 29422, 1-1-16.
  • Mentioned in Despatches, London Gazette, No. 30448, 28-12-17.
  • Mentioned in Despatches, London Gazette, No. 31089, 31-12-18.
  • Mentioned in Despatches, London Gazette, No. 31448, 11-7-19.

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