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Photo: Looking up Cataract Creek Valley to Mount Scrimger from Highway #940

Mount Scrimger

  • 2755 m (9,039ft)
  • Naming History
50.2436N -114.770W
Located on the continental divide at the head of Cataract Creek, the head of Henretta Creek, and the head of McQuarrie Creek

Range: High Rock
Province: Alberta/BC
Park: Kananaskis
Headwater: Bow/Kootenay
Visible from Highway: 940S
Year Named: 1918
Named for: Scrimger, Capt. Francis A.C. VC (Capt. Scrimger was awarded the Victoria Cross during WW I after he directed, under heavy fire, the removal of wounded and personally carried a wounded officer to safety.) WW I

Francis Scrimger (1880 or 1881 ? 1937) was born in Montreal, Quebec. He received his MD. from McGill University in 1905. Captain Scrimger was the medical officer with the 14th Battalion , 3rd Brigade , 1st Canadian Division. He was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions at second battle of Ypres while serving with the Canadian Army Medical Corps.

The VC Citation reads as follows:

On the afternoon of 25th April, 1915 in the neighborhood of Ypres, when in charge of an advanced dressing station in farm buildings which were being heavily shelled by the enemy, he directed under heavy fire the removal of wounded, and he himself carried a severely wounded Officer out of a stable in search of a place of greater safety. When he was unable alone to carry this Officer further, he remained with him under fire until help could be obtained. During the very heavy fighting between 22nd and 25th April, Captain Scrimger displayed continuously day and night the greatest devotion to duty among the wounded at the front.

The London Gazette June 22nd 1915.

Photo: Mount Scrimger from Highway #940 just north of Cataract Creek

Looking west to (l-r) Mount Farquhar, un-named, Mount Holcroft, and Mount Scrimger from Windy Peak (courtesy Sonny Bou)