Mullins was a child of two yrs age, when he came to Canada with his family. Today's hero must have been an old man...at age six... when he came to Canada's village of Plunkett Saskatchewan from Fairibault Minnesota with his widowed mother in 1900. They made the journey northwest some 800 miles to the village of about 75 and took on homesteading.
After the war years Ray would have a special reason to celebrate November 11th. First... it was his birthday. Second, it was on that very day in 1917 that Ray Zengel performed so heroically in trench warfare at Passchendaele that he would later be awarded the Military Medal.
It was just about 3 weeks earlier that fellow American George Mullins, noted above, had earned his Victoria Cross... on the same battlefield.
The list is the most brief of announcements, giving no details whatsoever, of the deeds performed, but nevertheless listing Ray Zengel as being awarded his Military Medal. After going through quite a few pages, I found his announcement, as noted above, at page 3254. (bottom left) Six months later he would again appear in print in the London Gazette. This time it would take almost half a page of print.
The enemy machinegun fire was very heavy and had taken out many of the Allied troops to Ray's left. His own platoon was pinned down also under heavy fire. Ray had the men take cover and on his own initiative advanced some 200 yards into no man's land also still under very heavy fire and managed miraculously to take out the officer and soldier manning the most dagerous of machinguns and in the process dispersing the enemy troops that were left at the gun. This allowed his platoon to catch up and the advance continue forward.
But he again came under ferocious fire from another MG position and brought very effective fire down onto that position. He was soon knocked out by the concussion of an enemy shell, but regained conscienceness and still fought most actively in the continuing battle of the day.
Here is the London Gazette's announcement of Ray's being awarding of the Victoria Cross for these actions....
Over the years he would be honoured several times. The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 8 at Rocky Mountain House was named after him. Mount Zengel receiving its name in Jasper Park in 1957 and even a lake in N/E Saskatchewan was named the Zengel Lake. A great Granddaughter in the construction trade and co-builder of a 13 home cull-de-sac in Parksville would honor Ray by calling the road... "Zengel Way."