Mount Scrimger

Feature Type:Mount - Variation of Mountain: Mass of land prominently elevated above the surrounding terrain, bounded by steep slopes and rising to a summit and/or peaks. ["Mount" preceding the name usually indicates that the feature is named after a person.]
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: On BC-Alberta boundary, E side of upper Fording River, E of Elkford, Kootenay Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 50°14'36''N, 114°46'10''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 82J/2

Origin Notes and History:

Adopted 23 February 1918 by the Geographic Board of Canada, as labelled on BC-Alberta Boundary sheet #7, surveyed in 1916, published in 1917.

Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office

Named after Captain Francis A.C. Scrimger, VC (1880 - 1937) from Montreal, Quebec. Capt. Scrimger was serving with the Canadian Army Medical Crops, attached to the 14th Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force, near Ypres, Belgium in April 1915. He was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions 25 April 1915, directing the removal of wounded soldiers from an advanced dressing station while under heavy fire, and within sight of the German infantry, carrying the last man from the station to safety.

Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office

“On the afternoon of 25th April, 1915, in the neighbourhood of Ypres, when in charge of an advanced dressing station in some farm buildings, which were being heavily shelled by the enemy, he directed under heavy fire the removal of the 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 till 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 his duty among the wounded at the front.” (Scrimger's Citation for the Victoria Cross, published in The London Gazette, 23 June 1915)

Source: included with note

Labelling error on Google maps (February 2013): the peak due north of the small lake, labelled "Scrimger" on Google maps, is Mount Holcroft. [Mount Scrimger is the next peak northward.] Mounts Holcroft & Scrimger are correctly identified on provincial & federal maps.

Source: BC place name cards, files, correspondence and/or research by BC Chief Geographer/Geographical Names Office.