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First World War Medals

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Gallantry Groups and Singles


  Five. Military Cross (GV), 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal, and Belgian Croix de Guerre. MC and Belgian CdeG un-named, 1914-15 Star named to 53258 PTE. J. MORGAN 18/CAN: INF:, and BWM/Victory named to LIEUT. J. MORGAN. John Morgan was born on 3 November 1889 in Newtown, Wales. A locomotive fireman in civilian life, he enlisted in the 18th Battalion Canadian Expeditionary Force in Windsor, Ontario on 27 October 1914. Arriving in England in late April 1915, he went to France with his battalion as part of the 2nd Canadian Division in September 1915. He was promoted to LCpl in the field on 19 April 1916, and to Sergeant on 13 December 1916. He was sent to England as an officer candidate for training on 14 April 1917, shortly after the battle of Vimy Ridge, and was commissioned as a Lieutenant in July, returning to the 18th Battalion by 24 August 1917. He was awarded the Belgian Croix de Guerre in early 1918, for 'distinguished services rendered during the course of the campaign', with the award being published in London Gazette 30792 on 12 July 1918. He went on to receive further recognition during the Hundred Days campaign at the close of the war, receiving the Military Cross as a Lieutenant for his part in leading assaults on enemy rear guards during the push towards Mons on 9 November 1918. His citation for the award, published in London Gazette 31266 of 2 April 1919, states:

For conspicuous gallantry and initiative in front of Noirchain, on 9 November 1918. Throughout the day he kept assaulting the enemy rear-guards with energy and dash. At one point, where the enemy were preparing to make a stand against the battalion on his right, he led platoon against the enemy posts several hundred yards on his flank, and overcoming the obstacles facilitated the advance of the rest.

Medals are swing-mounted for wear on period ribbons. An attractive double gallantry group to a Canadian Lieutenant for the Pursuit to Mons.

EF Condn $3500


Four. Military Cross (GV), British War Medal, Victory Medal and Memorial Cross (GV). Named to CAPT. A.S. ALLEN on pair, and to CAPT.A.S. ALLEN M.C. on cross. Arthur Spencer Allen was born on 23 July 1894 in Glenwood, Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia. He enlisted in the 40th Battalion Canadian Expeditionary Force on 14 September 1915. Arriving in England in October 1915, he was commmissioned in early 1916 and posted overseas to the 18th Battalion CEF in France, arriving at the unit on 27 March 1916. He earned the Military Cross as a Lieutenant for his part leading a raid on the enemy's trenches as unit Scout Officer on 27 July 1916. His citation for the award, published in the London Gazette of 22 September 1916, states:

For conspicuous gallantry on several occasions, notably when he organized and led parties against an enemy post, dispersing them with bombs. He also volunteered and cut a gap in the enemy’s wire previous to a raid.

Allen was on attachment from the 18th Battalion Canadian Expeditionary Force to 9 Squadron Royal Flying Corps, where he was serving as an observer. He died of wounds received in action during a familiarization patrol with a new pilot, when their aircraft was attacked by German scouts near Arras on 30 April 1917. He was 22 years old. He has no known grave, and is commemorated on the Arras Flying Services Memorial in the Faubourg-d'Amiens Cemetery, Arras, France. Medals have been court-mounted on a card backing. The cord holding the Military Cross down has been clipped at some point, likely to allow for inspection of the reverse of the cross, which is un-named. Memorial Cross appears to be erased and re-named, as font style does not match what would be typically seen, and the normal maker's marks and STERLING markings at the bottom of the cross's reverse are not present, suggesting erasure. A scarce Canadian Royal Flying Corps casualty group to a decorated Nova Scotian.

Good VF Condn $4000


  Three. Military Medal (GV), British War Medal and Victory Medal. MM named to 651361 CPL. A.R. FITZGERALD 1/21 LOND: R., and pair with number 3720, rank SJT, same name, initials, but 21-LOND.R. Alfred Reginald Fitzgerald served in France and Belgium (Theatre 1 (a)) between 2 January 1916 and 7 July 1918, and was awarded the Military Medal for bravery in the London Gazette of 13 March 1918, while serving as a member of the 21st Battalion London Regiment. The LG entry includes the location 'Brixton Hill, S.W.' after his name, which I assume represents his home town or place of enlistment. The LG date of the award suggests it was likely for Cambrai in November 1917. Electronic research documents (copy of medal index card, medal roll entry amd London Gazette record of Military Medal award) are included with the group, which is unmounted on older relatively clean original ribbon.

Good VF Condition $850


Three. Military Medal (GV), British War Medal and Victory Medal. Named to 871283 PTE - A.SJT. E.B. SHEILDS 43/MAN. R. on MM, and to same number, rank, initials and but last name spelled SHIELDS and unit shown as 43-CAN.INF. on pair. Ernest Battell Shields was born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan on 22 August 1887. He was a carpenter/builder in civilian life, and enlisted in Winnipeg, Manitoba in the 183rd Battalion CEF on 25 February 1916, indicating previous membership in the Legion of Frontiersmen. After a period of time spent with reserve formations in England, with his passage to the front delayed by medical issues (concussion deafness), he reached the 43rd Battalion in France on 21 July 1918. While with the 43rd, Shields would have participated in the battle of Amiens, which began on 8 August 1918, and saw the battalion penetrate two miles into enemy territory. The battalion also participated in the battle of Arras (27 August), the breaking of the Drocourt-Queant Line (2 September), and the crossing of the Canal Du Nord between 27 September and 1 October, when the 43rd captured the village of Tilloy and the high ground overlooking Cambrai from the north. Shields was awarded the Military Medal in Canadian Corps Order 1899 on 11 September 1918, later being recorded in London Gazette 31173 of 11 February 1919. There is no recorded citation documenting the circumstances surrounding his MM award. Shields was killed in action on 1 October 1918 during the fighting at Tilloy, and he is buried in Millswitch British Cemetery, Tilloy-les-Cambrai, France. Group includes a Statement of Service document from Library and Archives Canada, produced on 20 March 1986, as well as the original card which accompanied the Memorial Cross sent to his next of kin (the cross is regrettably not with the group). Group is court mounted on newer ribbons, and lacquered.

Good VF Condition $1200


Three. Military Medal (GV), British War Medal and Victory Medal. Named to 142178 CPL-L. SJT. S. HOPWOOD 20/BN: 1/C.ONT:R. on MM, and to same number, rank CPL, initials and name with unit shown as 20-CAN.INF. on pair. Hopwood was awarded the Military Medal in Canadian Corps Orders on 31 August 1918. His award has no citation, like most of those awarded in 1918, but was likely for the battle of Amiens on 8-14 Aug 1918, or battle of Vis-en-Artois 29 Aug 1918, as he was wounded in the latter engagement and did not return to duty before war's end. Group is swing mounted as worn on original tattered ribbons, and accompanied by Hopwood's Class A War Service Badge (serial # 139132) and a period pin-backed ribbon bar.

Good VF Condition $1200


One. Distinguished Conduct Medal (GV). Named to 13149 LCPL. J. SHARPLES. 2/COY CAN: M.G.C. John Sharples was born in Blackburn, England on 26 April 1896. He indicated his profession on enlistment as 'locomotive fireman'. After enlisting in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, he attested into the 5th Battalion CEF on 21 September 1914 at Valcartier. His service record indicates that he had previously served in the 29th Light Horse, which was based in Saskatchewan; he had also served for 2 years in the British Army, as a member of the 2nd Volunteer Battalion of the East Lancashire Regiment. Sharples joined the 5th Bn in France on 14 May 1915, and served with the latter unit until he was transferred to the 2nd Canadian Infantry Brigade Machine Gun Company on 20 June 1916. Accidentally wounded on 11 September 1916, when he tripped in a trench near Pozieres after cleaning his machine gun, and impaled himself with a cleaning rod that went through the side of his face, he rejoined his unit on 18 November. Sharples was promoted to Lance Corporal on 11 May 1917. Wounded by a gas shell in mid-August 1917 (likely at the battle of Hill 70), Sharples was hospitalized with shrapnel wounds to his hand and the effects of gassing. He rejoined his unit again by 3 October 1917, and was back in action during the battle of Passchendaele, where his gallantry resulted in the award of the Distinguished Conduct Medal, which was published in London Gazette on 28 March 1918. His citation states:

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in action. Early in the day he was left alone with his gun, the remainder of his crew becoming casualties. He mounted it in a commanding position, and kept it in action throughout two whole days, and until he himself became a casualty, and was removed suffering from a concussion.

Sharples service file indicates that he received his concussion wound, as well as a wound to his right thigh, in action on 11 November 1917, which suggests that his DCM was earned during the battle of Passchendaele between 9-11 November 1917. Sharples indicated his intent after discharge was to settle in Sutherland, Saskatchewan. He was discharged from the CEF on 8 May 1919 in Toronto. Medal is on clean original ribbon, and is unmounted. An excellent gallantry award for the Battle of Passchendaele to a twice-wounded soldier from Saskatchewan, one of only 1984 awards of the DCM to the CEF during the First World War.

Good VF Condition $2100

Groups with First World War Medals

1914 and 1914-15 Star Trios


Three. 1914 Star, British War Medal 1914-20 and Victory Medal. Star named to 9615 PTE. L. EVANS 2/WORC: R., and pair same number, rank, name but WORC. R. Leonard Evans was born in Tenbury, Worcestershire, England in 1887, and was working as a labourer when he joined the Worcestershire Regiment on 11 November 1905. At the time of his enlistment, he was aged 18 years, 10 months, weighed 135 pounds, and was 5' 9" tall. Evans embarked for France with the 2nd Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment on 12 August 1914. He was wounded in action on 24 September 1914, receiving a gun shot wound to his left leg, and was invalided back to England on the 30th. He returned to France as part of the 17th Reinforcement Draft on 31 August 1915, arriving in Rouen on 1 September 1915, and joining his battalion on the 3rd. Appointed an unpaid LCpl on 20 February 1916, he was hospitalized with myalgia a few weeks later, returning to England for medical treatment on 14 March. Evans was fit enough by early November to return to France, and he disembarked at Rouen on 7 November 1916. He joined his battalion again on the 18th, and was attached to the 23rd Labour Battalion a short time later. He was wounded in action, with a gunshot wound to the abdomen, on 27 December 1916, and he succumbed to this wound on 29 December. He is buried in the CWGC's Grove Town Cemetery, in Meaulte, France. His medals were sent to his wife, Fanny; she received his 1914 Star on 11 July 1919, and his Victory Medal on 21 September 1921; there is no receipt for the BWM in his service file, but it was likely received around the same time. Evans MIC and medal roll entry show no indication that he was awarded the bar to the 1914 Star, although the early date of his wounding would indicate that he was in action early enough to qualify for it. With electronic copy of service record and medal index card/medal roll entry. An attractive group to a soldier who saw action very early in the conflict. Medals are swing mounted on original ribbons.

Good VF Condition $450


Six. 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal, War Medal 1939-45 (Canadian issue in silver), and 1935 Jubilee Medal. 1914-15 Star is named to LIEUT. F.L. HENDERSON. 19/CAN:INF:, with pair named CAPT. F.L. HENDERSON, and remainder un-named as issued. Frederick Lewis Henderson was a pre-war officer of Hamilton's 91st Regiment of the Canadian Militia, and went on after serving in the First World War to command its successor, the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada, between 1932 and 1934. Henderson was born in Hamilton, Ontario on April 29th, 1894. A broker in civilian life, he joined the 19th Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force on November 13th, 1914. Henderson was badly wounded on September 15th 1916 after the battalion took over a series of front line trenches near Courcelette on the Somme, losing his right eye. He was eventually invalided back to Canada in early 1917 after treatment in the UK, and was struck off strength of the CEF in May 1917. The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada website notes that he was in command of the Regiment as a Lieutenant Colonel from January 2nd 1931 to October 1st, 1934. Henderson was also awarded the Colonial Auxiliary Forces Officers' Decoration in 1931; it is regrettably not with his group. Much more research possible;a group of historical significance to a regimental Commanding Officer.

EF Condn $1000


Four.1914 Star, British War Medal 1914-20, Victory Medal and Memorial Plaque. Named to L-14741 PTE W.H. RICHARDS 4/MIDD'X R. on Star, to L-14741 PTE W.H. RICHARDS. MIDD'X R. on pair, and to WILLIAM HECTOR RICHARDS on plaque. William Hector Richards died on 13 July 1916 while serving with the 4th Battalion, Middlesex Regiment. He is buried in the Commonwealth War Graves Commission's Warlincourt Halte British Cemetery, in Saulty, France. With digital copy of service record and medal roll entries which indicate that Richards enlisted in the Middlesex Regiment at Mill Hill on 5 January 1914. He was posted to the 4th Battalion on 13 February 1914, and proceeded to France on 28 August 1914, joining his unit on 21 September 1914. His service with the unit would have included the battles of La Bassee, Armentieres and Messines in October and November 1914, the First Battle of Ypres, the Winter Operations of 1914-15, the First Attack on Bellewaarde and the Actions at Hooge, as well as the Battle of the Somme on 1 July 1916. His service records indicate his death was accidental, but do not explain the circumstances. Medals are loose on original ribbons, with Memorial Plaque contained in tattered original cardboard holder.

Good VF Condition $750


Three. 1914-15 Star, British War Medal 1914-20, Victory Medal. Accompanied by British Empire Service League - Canadian Legion Branch Past President Medal and Class A War Service Badge . Named to 112165 TPR: F.W. YERKS. CAN: CAV: on 1914-15 Star, and to same number/name but with rank SGT, and unit C.E. on pair. Legion medal is named F.W. YERKS BR#216 PETROLIA 1942-45, and Class A War Service Badge numbered 257452. Francis William Yerks was born on January 4th, 1888 in Petrolia, Ontario, and was working as a barber when he enlisted in the 7th Canadian Mounted Rifles at London, Ontario on May 21st, 1915. He embarked for the UK on June 9th, 1915, and landed in France on September 17th the same year as a member of the 2nd Canadian Division Cavalry Squadron. He was attached to the 2nd Canadian Division Signal Company on April 13th, 1916, after having been appointed Lance Corporal on March 3rd. His squadron became part of the Canadian Corps Cavalry Regiment on May 31st, 1916. Yerks rejoined his unit on June 13th, 1916, and was promoted to Corporal on August 29th. Promoted to Sergeant on December 5th 1916, he saw his unit renamed again on February 2nd, 1917, becoming the Canadian Light Horse. Between May 10-29 1917, Yerks was on command in Camiers at the Machine Gun School. On August 13th 1917, he was invalided back to England with heart-related health issues, which resulted in him remaining in the UK for the remainder of the war; his medical records indicate he claimed that he was gassed several times during his service at the front but had never reported sick, and this may have contributed to his ill health. Invalided back to Canada in December 1918, he was discharged from the CEF in London, Ontario on December 23rd, 1918. The reason for his BWM and Victory Medal being named CE (i.e., Canadian Engineers) is not apparent, as he never formally transferred to the latter corps from the CLH, but his short period of service with 2nd Canadaian Division Signal Company in early 1916 suggests he may have been employed in duties of this sort throughout the war. An image of Trooper Yerks, likely taken shortly after his enlistment, can be seen here on the website of Dr. Jonathan Vance, and it appears that a copy can be purchased from the latter. Medals are swing-mounted as worn on clean older ribbons.

Good VF Condition $600


Three. 1914-15 Star, British War Medal 1914-20 and Victory Medal. Named to 24349 Pte E. DICKERSON. 13/CAN:INF: on Star, and to 24349 CPL. E. DICKERSON. 13-CAN.INF. on pair. Ernest Dickerson was an original member of the 13th Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force, 1st Canadian Division, who attested into C Company at Valcartier, Quebec on 25 August 1914, and arrived in St. Nazaire, France on 15 February 1915. Electronic service record and research file accompanies group; it indicates that Dickerson received a gunshot wound to his left foot on April 15th, 1916 at Ypres while taking a platoon into a new part of the trenches, and he was also gassed. He was transferred to England on the St-George, and admitted to the 2nd Canadian Stationary Hospital on April 22nd. His foot had completely healed by May 8th. Dickerson appears to have remained in England for the remainder of the war, finishing his service with the 5th Reserve Battalion in Sandling, and promoted to Company Sergeant Major on November 16th, 1918. Dickerson was discharged on November 30th, 1919. Medals are individually court-mounted on clean modern ribbons.

Good VF Condition $325

Three. 1914-15 Star, British War Medal 1914-20, and Victory Medal with modern replacement Mention in Dispatches oakleaf. Named to 1747 Pte W. SIRETT CAN.A.M.C. on 1914-15 Star, and to 1747 A. W.O. CL. 2 W. SIRETT C.A.M.C. on pair. Walter Sirett was born on June 4th, 1883 in Bicester, Oxon, England. An auto engineer and mechanic by trade, he married Eva Mary Pinkard in 1903, and immigrated to Canada in 1910. On January 13th, 1915, Sirett enlisted at Toronto, Ontario in the 5th Canadian Field Ambulance. The doctor who passed his medical exam noticed a hammer toe on his right foot, but 17 years of experience as an auto engineer made him a valuable man. He sailed from Halifax on the SS Northland on April 18th, 1915, and arrived in Avonmouth, England on the 29th. Sirett was promoted Acting Sergeant on June 28th, 1915, and appointed instructor of driving at the 5th Canadian Field Ambulance. There was 11 drivers and 7 vehicles per Field Ambulance. The drivers were provided by Divisional Mechanical Transport Company. His unit was inspected by the King on September 2nd, 1915. On September 6th, Sirett was confirmed in the rank of Sergeant, with effect from July 1st, and attached to ASC transport. His unit embarked for France in early September, arriving in Havre, France on the 16th. On March 5th, 1916, a note in the War diary of the 5th Canadian Field Ambulance states that "Commanding officer recommend no 1747 Sergt Walter Sirett and no 1688 Pte William Ewart Morgan for devotion to duty" According to the war diary, they were the first of their unit to receive a decoration or citation. This notice led, on April 30th, to a Mention in Despatch, which was recorded in London Gazette 29623 of June 15th, 1916. On June 14th, an excerpt from Daily Orders notebook for 5th Canadian Field Ambulance notes that Sirett was transferred to the 2nd Division Supply Column C.A.S.C. and attached to the 5th Canadian Field Ambulance to complete personnel of Mechanical Transport Section. He was commanding 13 men at this time. Sirett was promoted Warrant Officer Class 2 on April 30th, 1919, returning from England to Canada on the SS Scotian, with his wife, on June 15th, 1920. Sirett died on October 21st, 1963 in Vancouver, British Columbia at the age of 80. Group comes with electronic research file. Medals are clean and court mounted on modern ribbons. A nice early Mention in Despatches award to a senior non-commissioned officer of the CAMC.

EF Condition $475

Three. 1914-15 Star, British War Medal 1914-20 and Victory Medal. Named to 40714 GNR: A. H. SMITH. CAN: FD: ART: on Star, and to 40714 DVR. A.H. SMITH. C.F.A. on pair. Arthur Harold Smith was an original member of the 1st Canadian Division, who enlisted in Kingston, Ontario on 12 August 1914, and arrived in France as part of the 1st Canadian Artillery Brigade on 8 February 1915. Electronic service record is available online at LAC website; it indicates that Smith spent a lot of time under disciplinary proceedings for absence without leave (AWL) offences, and was medically unfit due to illness from August 1917 until the war's end. Medals court mounted on clean modern ribbons.

Good VF Condition $275

British War Medal/Victory Medal pairs


  Two. British War Medal 1914-20 and Victory Medal. Named to 766921 PTE. A.T. ROSS 123-CAN.INF. Alexander Thomas Ross was born in Duriss, Kincardineshire, Scotland on 4 December 1875. He was working as a labourer when he enlisted in the 123rd Bn CEF (Royal Grenadiers), Canadian Expeditionary Force in Toronto, Ontario on 22 November 1915. Claiming 7 years previous service with the Gordon Highlanders, he was almost 40 years old, and single, when he joined. He sailed from Halifax, Nova Scotia with his unit on the SS Cameronia on 8 August 1916, and served at the front with the 123rd Battalion from 10 March 1917 until being discharged, medically unfit, in November 1918. The 123rd Bn was employed as a pioneer unit in the 3rd Infantry Division, and Ross would have served with the unit at Vimy, Hill 70, and Passchendaele. In many cases the battalion served at the front supporting the infantry battalions of the division, undertaking tasks that included the installation of barbed wire, road improvements, and the building of fortifications and dugouts. They also constructed bridges and plank roads to facilitate the movement of troops, artillery pieces, and supply columns. The unit was later absorbed into the 3rd Canadian Engineer Brigade. Medals are loose on original ribbons. A very scarce pair to a seldom seen unit.

Good VF Condition $300


Two. British War Medal 1914-20 and Victory Medal. Named to LIEUT. W.W. LOWERY William Whitton Lowery was born on 26 March 1890 at Frankford, Ontario. He was working as a school teacher, with his address given as Lloydminster, Alberta, when he enlisted as a soldier in the 54th Battalion, CEF at Vernon, British Columbia on 14 July 1915 (service # 442118). His service record indicates previous service in the 102nd Regt Rocky Mountain Rangers. His stay in the latter unit appears to have been short-lived, as he was transferred to the 30th Reserve Battalion at Shornecliffe on 31 July 1915. Lowery's brother, James R. Lowery, was the Member of the Legislative Assembly for Lloydminster, and used his political connections to make a personal appeal by letter to Major General Sir Sam Hughes, the Minister of Militia and Defence, for the latter's intervention to secure William a commission. This received a positive response, and Lowery's service file contains a series of letters between Hughes, Major General John Carson, the latter's representative in England, and Lowery's chain of command, which resulted in him being returned to Canada for further training, and subsequently commissioned in the 151st Bn CEF. He sailed again to England with the latter unit on 3 October 1916, arriving in Liverpool on 13 October 1916, and being taken on strength of the 11th Battalion at Shornecliffe. He was transferred to the 49th Bn, CEF on 12 November 1916, arriving in France on the 16th that month, and joining his unit by the 19th. During the attack on Vimy Ridge, Lowery was detailed with another officer to command half of the 49th Bn's B Company, attached to the PPCLI. On 11 September 1917, Lowery was attached to the 182nd Tunnelling Company, and was wounded while serving with the latter unit, receiving contusions and damage to this back when buried by a shell while lifting a girder during an attack. This resulted in complete motor and sensory paralysis of his lower extremities, which gradually improved under medical treatment, but ultimately led to his medical discharge in Canada on 26 June 1918. He eventually returned to Alberta, and when he died in 1954, was serving as the Postmaster in Turner Valley, Alberta. Medals are loose on clean original ribbons, and accompanied by an extensive paper research file. A scarce group to an officer wounded during tunnelling duties, with an interesting connection to Sir Sam Hughes.

VF Condition $350


Two. British War Medal 1914-20 and Victory Medal. Named to 163457 PTE. G. WALLS 75-CAN. INF. George Walls was born on 27 April 1882 in Toronto, Ontario, where he was working as a hydrant inspector when he enlisted in the 84th Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force on 29 July 1915. He embarked for England on 18 June 1916, arriving on 29 June 1916. Like many in the 84th Bn, he was drafted into the 75th Battalion on 1 July 1916, and proceeded overseas to France with the latter unit on 11 August 1916. Disembarking at Havre, France on the 12th, the unit saw its first action at the St. Eloi craters between 15-23 August 1916, when they replaced the 22nd Battalion in the front line. It next fought on the Somme in the battles around Courcelette, Sugar and Regina Trench between 11 and 25 October, and it appears Walls was wounded there. Walls died on 31 October 1916 of wounds received in action, and is buried at the CWGC's Ste. Marie Cemetery in France. Press clippings, including a period photo of him, can be found on the VAC Canadian Virtual War Memorial. An early 75th Battalion casualty of the battle of the Somme.

Good VF Condition $225


Two. British War Medal 1914-20 and Victory Medal. Named to 2. LIEUT. J.E.C. BRANSBURY Second Lieutenant John Eric Cecil Bransbury was 20 years old when he died on 1 April 1916, while serving with 16th Heavy Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. The son of John and Grace Bransbury, of Putney, formerly of Southsea, Portsmouth, he is buried in the CWGC's Maroeuil British Cemetery in France. Medals are court-mounted on original period ribbon. The Imperial War Museum's register of war memorials notes that there is a brass plaque commemorating his death at St Mary the Virgin Church, Church Lane, Clymping, Arun, West Sussex, England. It reads: IN LOVING MEMORY OF / JOHN ERIC CECIL BRANSBURY / 2ND LIEUTENANT ROYAL ARTILLIERY / ELDER SON OF JOHN BRANSBURY OF PUTNEY LONDON / AND GRANDSON OF THE ABOVE HENRY BRANSBURY / DIED AGED 20 ON THE 1ST APRIL 1916 / WHILE ON ACTIVE SERVICE AT ANZIN ST AUBIN AND / BURIED AT MARDEIL BOTH NEAR ARRAS, FRANCE.

EF Condition $225


Two. British War Medal 1914-20 and Victory Medal. Named to CAPT. J.E.N. DEHAITRE. Joseph Eugene Napoleon DeHaitre was born on December 1st 1876 in Huron, Labelle County, Quebec. A surgeon in civilian life, he enrolled in Number 6 General Hospital (Laval University), Canadian Expeditionary Force as a Captain on January 8th 1916. DeHaitre was married, and lived with his wife, Marie Florence DeHaitre, at 239 Laurier Avenue East in Ottawa at the time of his enrollment. He embarked for overseas in Halifax on March 23rd, 1916 in Halifax, sailing on the SS Baltic to England, and landing in Liverpool on April 9th. He arrived as part of 6th General Hospital in Paris on 9 July 1916, and served at 2nd Canadian General Hospital on attachment between October 10th and November 12th that year. With the exception of occasional periods on leave, he served with 6th Canadian General Hospital for the entire war. DeHaitre returned to England on February 20th, 1919, serving for a few months at the CAMC Casualty Company in Shornecliffe and the Canadian Special Hospital in Ethinghill, before leaving England on September 5th, 1919, returning to Canada via Liverpool. He was discharged from the CEF on September 19th, 1919. An interesting and well-worn group to a French-Canadian surgeon who lived in the Ottawa area, with much more research possible. Medals are individually swing mounted on tattered original ribbons.

VF Condition $275


Three. British War Medal, Victory Medal, and Memorial Cross (GV). Named to 847424 PTE. A. MENARD. C.A.M.C. on pair, and to 847424 Pte. A. MENARD on Memorial Cross. Albert Menard joined the 150th Bn CEF, attesting in Montreal on 12 February 1916. He was originally from Granby, Quebec, and was a laborer before enlistment. He transfered to the Canadian Army Medical Corps on 20 August 1916, and arrived in France on 1 September 1916. He was killed during an aerial bombardment by German Gotha bombers during an attack on the Etaples military complex in France on 19 May 1918, which was targeting a bridge on the River Canche but also struck No. 1 and No. 7 Canadian General Hospital. Group is loose on original ribbons; medals could use some cleaning but are in good VF Condition otherwise. Comes with paper copy of portions of service record, details of his burial location at Etaples Military Cemetery in France, photographs of his headstone there, and some information on the 19 May 1918 German air raid which hit the Etaples hospital. There were 66 Canadians killed and 73 wounded in the raid; medals to First World War servicemen killed in air raids are very scarce.

Good VF Condn $850

Two. British War Medal 1914-20 and Victory Medal. Named to 3310563 PTE. C. L. YOUNG. C.M.M.G. BDE.. Charles Lafayette Young was born in London, Ontario, and was working as a glycerine maker when he was drafted under the Military Service Act in January 1918. He served in France with the Canadian Motor Machine Gun Brigade. Medals named to the CMMG Bde are relatively scarce, and this unit saw a great deal of fighting during the last 100 days of the war in the lead-up to the Armistice. Medals unmounted, on clean original ribbons.

EF Condition $275

Two. British War Medal 1914-20 and Victory Medal. Named to 469417 SJT. F. ASH. 24-CAN.INF.. Francis Ash was born in Harbour Grace, Newfoundland, and he joined the 64th Battalion CEF on 13 August 1915 in Sydney, Nova Scotia. He was transfered to the 24th Battalion CEF in England in June 1916, joining the unit as a reinforcement in France on 14 July 1916. Ash was promoted Corporal in November 1916, and was promoted Serjeant on 9 April 1917, replacing a comrade who was killed in the battle of Vimy Ridge. He was killed in action on 5 May 1917, and he is commemorated on the Vimy Memorial, France. Medals are on loose faded original ribbons. A very scarce casualty pair to one of the 3296 Newfoundlanders who served in the CEF during the First World War.

VF Condition $750


Three. British War Medal 1914-20, Victory Medal, and Territorial Force War Medal 1914-19. Named to 1521 A. SJT. T. MANVELL DEVON. R. on pair, and same number/name/unit on TFWM, but rank of CPL. Group is unresearched. Swing-mounted on a piece of wood on clean modern ribbons with push pins by a previous custodian, likely for display purposes.

Good VF Condition $550

Single 1914-15 Stars


One. 1914-15 Star. Named to 79546 PTE W.J. SMITH 31/CAN: INF: William James Smith was born in London, England on 8 January 1890, and was working as a steam engineer when he enlisted in the 31st Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force in Wetaskiwin, Alberta on 18 November 1914. His unit entrained in Calgary, Alberta for their voyage overseas on 12 May 1915, and embarked for England on 29 May 1915. After spending the summer training in England, they embarked for France on 18 September 1915. Smith died on 20 September 1916 at 13 General Hospital in Boulogne, France, of wounds received in action on 18 September 1916. He was originally erroneously reported as having been killed in action on 15 September. A photo of him can be found on the VAC Canadian Virtual War Memorial website. Medal is loose on clean older ribbon. An early 31st Battalion casualty of the battle of the Somme.

VF Condition $125


Two. 1914-15 Star and British War Medal 1914-20. Named to 1779 PTE. T. JOHNSON N. STAFF: R. Private Thomas Johnson, from Newcastle-under-Lyme, served with the 1st/5th Battalion of the North Staffordshire Regiment. He was killed in action on 13 October 1915 during the battalion's attack on Hohenzollern Redoubt, and has no known grave. He is commemorated on the CWGC's Loos Memorial, France. Medals are loose on period ribbons. An interesting casualty pair to a regimentally significant action for the North Staffordshire Regiment.

VF Condition $250


One. 1914-15 Star. Named to 99963. GNR. T.H. CRAMMAN. R.F.A. Thomas Hayes Cramman was a member of 147th Brigade Royal Field Artillery, and was en route to the Gallipoli landings when the transport ship carrying his unit, the "Manitou", was attacked by a Turkish ship, the "Dhair Hissar”, on 16 April 1915. The attack occurred between Skyros and Chios, some ten miles off Skyros, while the "Manitou" was in transit from Alexandria to Lemnos, the forward island base for forthcoming operations at Gallipoli. “Dhair Hissar” reportedly gave the “Manitou” eight minutes to abandon ship before it fired torpedoes to sink it. Three torpedoes were apparently eventually fired, but all missed. On abandoning ship, two of the “Manitou”s life boats were lost with heavy loss of life, and Cramman was one of those who perished. Gunner Thomas Cramman, who died on 16 April 1915, is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Turkey. The story of the attack on the Manitou can be found on the Long Long Trail website. Medal is on clean modern ribbon. A tragic early casualty of the Dardanelles campaign.

VF Condition $150

Single British War Medals


One. British War Medal 1914-20. Named to 551834 PTE. D.R. HASLEY CAN.CAV.BDE. David Robert Hasley was born in Montreal, Quebec on January 19th, 1891 and was working as a mechanic when he enlisted in the Depot Squadron of Lord Strathcona's Horse (RC) in Winnipeg on 2 November 1915. His medical file indicates he was injured as a result of a kick from a horse to the back of his right knee in Winnipeg on January 20th, 1916. This injury resulted in ongoing weakness and partial loss of function of his knee, which peristed as a complaint throughout his service. His injury appears to have been a factor in his serving only in England during the war, as he was generally only able to do light duties, and his file notes that his knee locked at least three times between the date of his injury and late 1918, the first time in July 1916 after stepping down from a saddle. Hasley sailed to the UK on April 20th, 1916, arriving on May 5th. He was taken on strength of the LSH RR on June 12th 1916, and transferred to the Canadian Reserve Cavalry Regiment (CRCR) on March 6th, 1917. He was later transferred to the Canadian Cavalry Reserve Depot on July 16th, 1917, but sent on command to the CRCR a week later, and remained with the latter until August 26th, 1918. He ended the war receiving ongoing medical treatment for his injury, before being discharged in Toronto on October 20th, 1920. This medal represents Hasley's full entitlement for his service in the CEF. A scarce medal named to the Canadian Cavalry Brigade.

Good VF Condition $150


One. British War Medal 1914-20. Named to 80039 A. CPL. T. HENDERSON. 31-CAN. INF. Thomas Henderson was born on June 5th 1886 in Tinwald Parish, Dumfries, Scotland. He was working in Edmonton as a mechanical engineer when he enlisted in the 31st Battalion CEF on December 16th, 1914 in Calgary, Alberta. He had previously served for 18 months in the Glasgow Highlanders. Henderson embarked from Canada for England on May 29th, 1915. He was made an acting Corporal on September 2nd, 1915, and embarked for France on September 18th. Henderson was serving in 'C' company of the 31st Battalion when he was killed in action on October 13th, 1915. Originally interred at Kemmel Cemeteries, his grave was later lost, and he is now commemorated on the Menin Gate, Ypres, Belgum. Medal is loose on modern ribbon. An interesting medal to an early casualty of Alberta's 31st Battalion.

VF Condition $100

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  One. Colonial Auxiliary Forces Officers' Decoration (EVII). Named to HON.CAPT.& Qr MASTER. A.S.HUNTER 56th REGt. Hunter was awarded his decoration in G.O. 36, 1913. Number '6' in unit name appears to have been corrected. Roll indicates rank as 'Quartermaster and Hon Major'. Medal is mounted on slightly faded original ribbon. A scarce EVII decoration, one of only approximately 200 of this type awarded to Canadians.

VF Condition $900


  One.Colonial Auxiliary Force Long Service Medal (VRI). Named to SERGEANT J. BACON, 3rd. F.B.C.A. The 3rd Field Battery, Canadian Artillery was based in Montreal, Quebec. Medal was awarded in G.O. 24, 1904. No ribbon; one slight edge knock at 9 o'clock. One of approximately 1350 Victorian obverse awards to Canadians.

VF Condition $275


  One. Imperial Service Medal (GV). Named to WILLIAM RUGG. Medal is loose on original tattered ribbon.

Good VF Condition $60


One. Imperial Service Medal (EVII). Un-named as issued. Mounted with issued pin-back suspender on worn original ribbon.

Good VF Condition $150


One. Colonial Auxiliary Force Long Service Medal (GV). Named to LIEUT MARTEL J.B. 9th. REGIMENT. Awarded in G.O. 24, 1918. Initial 'B' appears to have been double struck when medal was named, and the 'h' in '9th' also appears to have been struck over what was originally a letter 's'. These errors were not erased, but simply overstruck. Medal is loose on modern ribbon. An attractive early long service award to the Voltigeurs de Quebec.

VF Condition $250


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