Vimy Militaria
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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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First World War Medals

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Gallantry Groups and Singles

  

Four. Military Medal (GV), 1914-15 Star, British War Medal 1914-20, and Victory Medal. MM named to 55603 SJT. A. DUMIGAN. 19/BN: 1/C.ONT.R., Star named with same number but rank PTE., unit 19/CAN:INF:, and pair same number, name, but rank SJT. and unit 19-CAN. INF. Allan Dumigan was born in Dorkington, England on 7 November 1895. He enlisted in the 19th Battalion Canadian Expeditionary Force at Toronto, Ontario on 12 November 1914. He served in France from14 September 1915, and was promoted Corporal on 26 November 1916. Wounded on 11 April 1917 (shell contusion) during the 19th Battalion's attack at Vimy Ridge, he returned to the unit on 13 May 1917, after being promoted to the rank of Lance Sergeant to replace L/Sgt Crommelin, who was listed as 'missing'. He reverted to the rank of Private at his own request on 2 January 1918, but was promoted back to the rank of Cpl and L/Sgt, successively, in early May 1918, and to Sergeant on 12 June 1918. On 27 August 1918, during the battle of Arras, he was wounded again, receiving a gun shot wound to his left arm and neck. Invalided to England, he returned to Canada after the war's end on 1 February 1919. Dumigan was awarded the Military Medal on 1 September 1918 under the authority of 2nd Canadian Division, his award being gazetted in London Gazette 31142 of 24 January 1919. With an original certificate from the Province of Ontario congratulating Mr & Mrs. A. Dumigan of Oshawa on the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary. Medals swing-mounted on clean older ribbons as worn.

VF Condition $1250

  

Three. Military Medal (GV), British War Medal 1914-20 and Victory Medal. MM named to 1024394 PTE J.P. GRIGNON 75/BN: 1/C.ONT.R., and pair named to same number, rank, name but 75-CAN.INF. Suspender of BWM is slightly bent, and it has some spots of what appears to be red paint on the reverse. MM awarded in London Gazette 30897 of 13 September 1918 (no citation). Grignon was killed in action 9 August 1918 during Battle of Amiens.

Good VF Condition $1200

    

Five. Military Cross (GV) with bar, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal 1914-20, Victory Medal with Mention in Dispatches, and India General Service Medal 1908-35 with clasp "WAZIRISTAN 1921-24". Star named to CAPT. J.D. GEMMILL. R.E. pair named MAJOR J.D. GEMMILL, and IGS named MAJOR. J.D. GEMMILL. R.E. James Dunlop Gemmill was born on 14 December 1885. He attended the Royal Military College at Kingston, entering in 1903 with college number 633. He graduated in 1906, as a CSM, and won the Canadian Governor General's Gold Medal for general proficiency. He was commissioned in the Royal Engineers on 29 June 1906. In 1914, Gemmill was serving as a Lieutenant with 1st (Fortress) Company, Gibraltar. Gemmill was awarded the Military Cross in the London Gazette of 1 January 1918 (New Year's Honours List). He was awarded a bar to the MC in the London Gazette of 18 July 1918 with the following citation:

"For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty, during a critical period of an attack, he held back the enemy until reinforcements came up. Later, he made a personal reconnaissance of the whole Brigade front under heavy fire bringing back much valuable information."

Gemmill served in India from mid-1921 until his retirement, as a Lieutenant-Colonel, on 3 December 1922.. After retirement, he returned to his native Canada and took up employment with the Hudson's Bay Company. He was awarded the Hudson Bay Company's Faithful Service Medal for 15 years service in 1941. Group is accompanied by paper copies of research that includes Army List extracts, London Gazette extracts, and a copy of Gemmill's MIC, as well as his Hudson's Bay Company Long Service Medal, and an Ontario Education Department silver medal named to him for Model School, 1897. The Gemmill family were prominent founders of the town of Almonte, Ontario, and more information about them can be found here ). Medals are court-mounted for wear, on clean modern ribbons. MiD device is a smaller type normally used for undress ribbons. An interesting multiple gallantry group to an early RMC graduate from Almonte, Ontario.

Good VF Condn $5200

  

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

  

   Four. 1914-15 Star, British War Medal 1914-20, Victory Medal and Royal Navy Long Service and Good Conduct Medal (GV). Star/BWM/Victory named to R.M.B. 553 MUS. P.J. ANSTY, LSGC named to RMA 16873 P.J. ANSTY GR. R.M.A. With copy service record indicating Peter James Ansty was born 14 January 1890 in Wandsworth, London, and joined as a band boy at Plymouth on 17 August 1904, aged 14. He served on HMS Marlborough at Jutland, and continued his service until 26 January 1929. While his Victory Medal ribbon is adorned with what appears to be a French oak leaf device, there is no indication that he was mentioned in dispatches; his medals are loose on older ribbons.

VF Condition $250

  

Three. 1914-15 Star, British War Medal 1914-20, and Victory Medal. Named to 112120 TPR. H.H. RIDDELL. CAN: CAV: on Star, and to CAPT. H.H. RIDDELL on pair. Hugh Hamilton Riddell was born in Petrolia, Ontario on 21 December 1894 and was working as a clerk when he joined the 7th Canadian Mounted Rifles on 13 January 1915. He embarked for England with his unit in June 1915, and landed in France at Havre on 17 September the same year. Riddell served as a Trooper with the 2nd Canadian Division Cavalry Squadron, which eventually became part of the Canadian Corps Cavalry Regiment before being renamed in February 1917 and becoming the Canadian Light Horse. He left the unit on receiving a temporary commission as a Lieutenant on 13 April 1917, and was transferred to the 1st Battalion, CEF, where he served for the remainder of the war. Medals are loose on older ribbons, which have some adhesive residue and paper from a previous display mounting. A scarce group to a Canadian Light Horse soldier.

Good VF Condition $500

   

Three. 1914-15 Star, British War Medal 1914-20 and Victory Medal.. Named to 49505 PTE. A.C. SMITH. CAN: A.S.C. on Star, and to same number, rank, name but C.A.V.C. on pair. Albert Charles Smith was born on 10 April 1895, and working as a farmer with his next of kin in Niagara Falls, Ontario when he enrolled in the Remount Depot, Canadian Army Veterinary Corps at Winnipeg, Manitoba on 13 April 1915. He embarked for England on 11 May 1915, and was deployed to France on 5 June 1915, joining the Remount Depot there, before being transferred to 1st Canadian Forestry Company at Dieppe on 14 June 1916. His service later saw him transfer to the 24th Battalion, CEF, who he joined on 27 March 1917, and he was wounded by shrapnel to the left thigh on 3 May 1917. Medals are loose on older ribbons. A scarce group to a soldier who served with the Canadian Army Veterinary Corps.

VF Condition $500

  

Three. 1914-15 Star, British War Medal 1914-20, and Victory Medal.. Star named to CAPT: E.W. HONSINGER. CAN: A.D.C. and pair named MAJOR E.W. HONSINGER. Eliphalet Wilbur Honsinger was born in St.Thomas, Ontario on 2 November 1880, according to his CEF attestation papers, although some sources indicate he was likely born earlier, in 1873 or 1874. Honsinger was apparently from one of the oldest families in St. Thomas. His mother was Margaret Drake, daughter of Benjamin Drake, whose father donated the land that eventually became the St. Thomas Cemetery. He was a dental surgeon, but indicated 3 years of past military service as QM Sergt of the 25th Regiment, Canadian Militia in Elgin County. He enrolled in the Canadian Army Dental Corps on 5 June 1915 in Ottawa. He embarked in Canada for overseas on 24 June 1915, and was assigned to No. 2 Can CC Station at Shorncliffe in August 1915. He served in France from September 1915 - September 1916, before being repatriated ill to the UK, and the remainder of his service was completed there. Honsinger was well-known in St. Thomas, serving as a member of the Board of Education, and he was also a mason. He passed away at the age of 73, on 26 August 1947. There are several references to Honsinger and his family online, and much more research is possible. Medals are mounted for display on card, on period ribbons, using double-sided tape; 1914-15 Star has been gold-plated. A rare group to the Canadian Army Dental Corps.

Good VF Condn $700

  


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

   

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 551399 PTE. L.N. MCLEOD. L.S.H. -R.C.-. Lachlan Neil McLeod was born in Benbecula, Inverness, Scotland on 3 July 1892. He was a telegrapher in civilian life when he enrolled in the 10th Canadian Mounted Rifles, Canadian Expeditionary Force at Moosamin, Alberta on 11 January 1915. Entries in his medical file from enrollment indicate he was 5 feet 11 inches tall, with a fair complexion, brown eyes and brown hair. McLeod arrived in England on 31 January 1916, and was taken on strength of Lord Strathcona's Horse (RC) on 12 June 1916. He proceeded to France on 11 August 1916, and served with the unit and later with the 4th Divisional Signals Company. This group was formerly in the collection of Don Tresham, an Ottawa, Ontario based collector and militaria dealer who served in the regiment. Medals are lacquered and court-mounted on newer ribbon with a pin-back for wear.

VF Condition $300

  

  Five. British War Medal, Victory Medal, 1939-45 War Medal (silver), Royal Canadian Air Force Long Sevice and Good Conduct Medal (GVI) and Canadian Corps of Commissionaires Long Service Medal in silver (hallmarked). BWM and Victory named to 201334 PTE G.E. BYRON. 3-CAN.INF.; RCAF LSGC named 1212 F/S G.E.P. BYRON, and Commissionaire's LS Medal named G.E.P. BYRON. George Edward Byron was born in Toronto, Ontario on 18 April 1876. He attested into the 95th Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force at Toronto on 25 October 1915, giving his trade as 'Ex-Custom Officer'. He was fairly old on enlistment, aged 39, and was described in his medical examination file as being 5 feet 9 1/4" tall, with a fair complexion, grey blue eyes and brown hair. Byron arrived in England on 8 June 1916, and was posted to the 3rd Battalion CEF in France on 22 September 1916. He was attached to the 1st Canadian Trench Mortar Battery on 16 February 1917, and was wounded (shrapnel wound to neck) on 7 November 1917 (likely at Passchendaele). Byron later served in the Special Guard of the Canadian Military Police Corps in Canada at war's end. The latter unit acted as a security force for trains which were being used to repatriate Chinese labourers from the Western Front through Canada. Byron's RCAF service is un-researched. Medals are loose on clean older original ribbons. An attractive and unusual long service group.

Good VF Condition $600

   

Three. British War Medal 1914-20, Victory Medal, and Memorial Plaque. Pair named to LIEUT. A. HOLLINGWORTH. Plaque named ALBERT HOLLINGSWORTH. Albert Hollingworth was born on 30 October 1890 in Widnes, Lancashire, England. He was working as a foreman at Dominion Bridge when he enlisted in the 148th Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force at Montreal, Quebec on 16 December 1915. He had previous service as a member of the 58th Battalion Westmount Rifles. Hollingworth arrived in the United Kingdom on 6 October 1916. He was made an acting Serjeant on 26 September 1916, and sent to the Cadet Military School at Witley on 1 December 1916. He was attached to the 20th Reserve Battalion on 3 February 1917, and commissioned as a Temporary Lieutenant on 19 March. Hollingworth was sent on command (seconded) to the Royal Flying Corps at Reading on 16 June 1917, having been sent to France and attached to 8th Squadron Royal Flying Corps as a Flying Officer Observer on 20 April 1917. He continued to be a member of the CEF, posted to the 1st Quebec Regiment on 24 September 1917 while being carried on the Home Establishment of the RFC. On 26 March 1918, he was made a flying officer. Hollingworth was killed 25 June 1918 while serving with No. 8 Squadron RAF. He is buried at the CWGC's St. Riquier British Cemetery, Somme, France. Group is swing mounted on older ribbons on a stained piece of oak plank. The BWM is mounted backwards, showing the reverse of the medal rather than the effigy of King George V. While his surname is misspelled on his plaque, his pair is correctly named; as Hollingworth remained a member of the CEF throughout his service despite being seconded to the RFC/RAF, his medals are named in the style typically seen on medals named to Canadian Army officers. Group is accompanied by paper copy research file that includes CEF service record and details of his RAF service.

EF Condition $2000

  

Two. British War Medal 1914-20 and Victory Medal. Named to 602 PTE. H.C. KAY. R.A.M.C. Henry Kay served in the Middlesex Regiment (service #208218), the Army Service Corps (service #T4/066162), and the Royal Army Medical Corps. Pair is unresearched other than the details provided, which were drawn from the UK National Archives website. Medals mounted as worn on clean but faded original ribbons.

Good VF Condition $50

      

Two. Africa General Service Medal with clasp "SOMALILAND 1908-10" and British War Medal 1914-20. AGS named to 341752 W. PICKARD. SH. STD. H.M.S. BARHAM., and BWM named with same number, name, but rating V.P.O., unit R.N. Group is unresearched. Medals are un-mounted/loose on clean older ribbons.

VF Condition $275

  

Six. British War Medal 1914-20, 1939-45 Star, Italy Star, Defence Medal (Canadian Issue), Canadian Volunteer Service Medal with Overseas clasp, and War Medal 1939-45 (Canadian issue). BWM named to 639683 PTE. F.E.G. CAIGER 156-CAN. INF. Frank Edward Caiger was underage (16 years old) when he enlisted in the CEF in 1916, and he only served in England, earning the BWM. He later served in the 2nd Field Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery during the Second World War (service # D-13641). Medals swing-mounted as worn. With hard copy research file documenting First and Second World war service. Medals swing-mounted on clean older ribbons as worn.

VF Condition $400

  

Five. British War Medal 1914-20, Defence Medal (Canadian issue), Canadian Volunteer Service Medal with Overseas clasp, War Medal 1939-45, and Memorial Cross (GVI). BWM named to 722137 PTE. H.R. ALLAN. 108-CAN. INF., Second World War medals un-named as issued, and Memorial Cross (GVI) named to M. 26927 Tpr. H.R. ALLAN. Allan was underaged when he joined the CEF during the First World War, and only served in England, receiving the British War Medal with rare naming to the 108th Battalion, which was broken up to provide reinforcements to other battalions at the front. Allan later re-enlisted at the outset of the Second World War, serving in the Calgary Regiment as a Trooper. He was killed on active service in England during training on 7 January 1942, dying of injuries sustained during the roll over of a bren gun carrier. He is buried in the CWGC's Brockwood Military Cemetery in Surrey, England. Details of his death, as well as some photos of him, can be found on VAC's Canadian Virtual War Memorial website. Medals are loose on original ribbons. A tragic group to a soldier of the Calgary Regiment with service in two conflicts.

Good VF Condition $800

  


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



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 or best offer

Single 1914 Stars and 1914-15 Stars

 

  One. 1914-15 Star. Named to 11045 PTE. G.H. FRALICK. 4/CAN:INF: Gilbert Hutton Fralick was born in Dunnville, Ontario on 20 September 1892. He was working as an electrical linesman when he enlisted in the 4th Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force on 22 September 1914 at Valcartier, Quebec. He sailed for England with the 1st Canadian Division in October 1914, and proceeded to France with his battalion on 7 February 1915. He received a gun-shot wound to the right shoulder on 27 April 1915 during the Second Battle of Ypres, and was wounded again during the Battle of Mount Sorrel on 6 June 1916, being initially reported 'missing' before it was realized that he had been collectd from the battlefield with a shrapnel wound to his left leg, and admitted to No. 2 Canadian Stationary Hospital. He also appears to have been gassed, as his medical file also indicated that lingering effects of this (as well as a healed past case of tuberculosis) led to a recommendation that he be medically released. Medal is un-mounted/loose on clean older ribbon.

Good VF Condition $100

 

One. 1914 Star with copy '5TH AUG-22ND NOV 1914' bar. Named to B-2/1222 J.J. MATHEWS. ACT. A.B. RNVR BENBOW.BTTN. RND.. Medal is accompanied by research indicating Joseph James Matthews (note spelling) was born 27 July 1895, and had enrolled on 27 June 1913, entering the Benbow Battalion, Royal Naval Division on 22 August 1914, with his rating Ordinary Seaman. His address on enlistment was 7 Brick Street in Bristol, England. Matthews was taken prisoner of war while serving with the 1st Brigade, Benbow Battalion, and was interned in Holland as of 8 October 1914. He was granted leave from Holland from 23 May - 19 June 1918, and was released 19 November 1918. Star is loose on original ribbon, with clasp loose as well. A scarce 1914-15 Star to an early RND POW.

Good VF Condition $300

 

One. 1914-15 Star. Named to 2218 PTE. J. COLLINS. CHES: R. With electronic copy of medal index card indicating that James Collins served as a Private in the Cheshire Regiment with regimental number 2218 and later 290454. He entered the Balkans theatre of war on 8 August 1915, and was killed in action on 26 March 1917 while serving with the 1/7th Cheshire Regiment, during the First Battle of Gaza. He has no known grave, and is commemorated on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission's Jerusalem Memorial.

Good VF Condition $100

 

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

Single British War Medals

  

  One. British War Medal 1914-20. Named to LIEUT A.R. COURTICE. Andrew Roy Courtice was born in Montreal, Quebec on 8 April 1894. He joined the University of Toronto Training Company of the Canadian Expeditionary Force at Toronto, Ontario on 16 April 1917, and was a student. He listed his next of kin his mother, who lived at the same address (109 Beech Avenue, Toronto), and indicated that he had previous military service, having spent one year in the Canadian Officer Training Corps. He also noted a previous attempt to enroll in the 67th Battery, which had rejected him due to bad eyesight. Courtice later served as an officer in the 1st Canadian Tank Battalion, attesting at Ottawa, Ontario on 6 May 1918. He embarked from Canada for England in early June 1918, arriving on 21 June 1918. This medal represents his full entitlement for his overseas service. Accompanied by a photocopy excerpt from The Tank Tatler Home-Going Edition May 1919 which lists Courtice as one of the unit's officers. Medal is loose on a length of original ribbon. Courtice's wife, Rody Kenny Courtice, was a well-known Canadian artist who studied with Arthur Lismer and exhibited with the Group of Seven. A scarce medal to an officer of the 1st Canadian Tank Battalion, with good potential for further research.

Good VF Condition $200

 


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

A selection of single British War Medals named to odd-numbered Canadian battalions

   

  One. British War Medal 1914-20 Named to 120069 A.CPL. P.A. GAUTHIER 69-CAN.INF. Philippe Adelard Gauthier was born on 2 September 1886 in Montreal, Quebec. He was working as a mechanic when he attested into the 69th Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force at Montreal on 6 August 1915. He was 22 years old when he enlisted, and his medical examination on attestation indicated he was 5 foot 1 1/2" tall, with a medium complexion, black (sic) eyes, and dark brown hair. Gauthier's desire to serve was hampered by a congenital medical condition, as he suffered from asthma. He was refused for two drafts sent from England to France as a result of his condition, after suffering attacks in Valcartier and in England in 1916, and was ultimately medically released and returned to Canada in February 1918. This medal represents his full entitlement for his service overseas. A scarce unit naming.

Good VF Condition $150

   

Two. British War Medal 1914-20 and Memorial Cross (GV). BWM named to 172173 A.L.CPL. E. FENSOM. 166-CAN. INF., and Memorial Cross named 172173 Pte. E. FENSOM. Accompanied by a small locket-sized circular portrait of Fensom in uniform (approx 1" wide). Ernest Fensom was born in Sydney, Australia on 25 March 1885. He joined the 83rd Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force at Toronto, Ontario on 27 august 1915, giving his trade as bricklayer. Before proceeding overseas, he transferred to the 166th (Queen's Own Rifles) Battalion, CEF. Fensom embarked at Halifax on 18 October 1916, and disembarked at Liverpool on 28 October 1916. He sadly passed away in the UK as a result of illness, dying of spinal meningitis on 15 February 1917. Ernest Fensom is buried at Seaford Cemetery, UK. A scarce unit naming on the BWM, which was Fensom's full entitlement for overseas service. A poignant grouping to a CEF volunteer.

Good VF Condition $400

One. British War Medal 1914-20. Named to 22149 A.C.S. MJR. S. VAIL. 11-CAN. INF. - $150
One. British War Medal 1914-20. Named to 602897 PTE. G. THOMPSON 34-CAN. INF. - $150
One. British War Medal 1914-20. Named to 404983 A/SJT. A.J. ADAMS 35-CAN. INF. Apparent erasure affecting last three numbers of service number and first letters of rank. - $150
One. British War Medal 1914-20. Named to 436450 A. SJT H.P. MILLS 51/CAN. INF. Name officially corrected, style of unit naming suggests late issue.- $150
One. British War Medal 1914-20. Named to 447386 PTE. J. HUGHES 56-CAN. INF. - $150
One. British War Medal 1914-20. Named to 455796 PTE D.C. MCDONALD 59-CAN. INF. - $150
One. British War Medal 1914-20. Named to 460197 PTE. P. TYDEMAN. 61-CAN. INF. - $150
One. British War Medal 1914-20. Named to 123797 A. SJT. D.S. MAC GREGOR. 70-CAN. INF. - $150
One. British War Medal 1914-20. Named to 163410 A.SJT. L.J. PALMER. 74-CAN. INF. - $150
One. British War Medal 1914-20. Named to 145085 PTE. C.H. HOLLAND. 77-CAN. INF. - $150
One. British War Medal 1914-20. Named to 152987 A.S.Q.M. SJT. A. HULME. 79-CAN. INF. - $150
One. British War Medal 1914-20. Named to 171971 R.Q.M. SJT. F. DOWNIE-BACON. 83-CAN. INF. - $150
One. British War Medal 1914-20. Named to 175340 PTE. W. DEXIER. 86-CAN. INF. - $150
One. British War Medal 1914-20. Named to 212253 A.S.SJT. A.E. PHIPPS. 98-CAN. INF. - $150
One. British War Medal 1914-20. Named to 700045 A.W.O.CL.2. D.J. HUMPHREY. 101-CAN. INF. - $150
One. British War Medal 1914-20. Named to 706648 PTE. H.C. WOODS. 103-CAN. INF. - $150
One. British War Medal 1914-20. Named to 757892 A. SJT. H. EARNSHAW. 120-CAN. INF. - $150
One. British War Medal 1914-20. Named to 760535 PTE. J.C. SHELLINGFORD. 121-CAN. INF. Naming rubbed. - $150
One. British War Medal 1914-20. Named to 797513 PTE. L.B.LEWIS. 123-CAN. INF. - $150
One. British War Medal 1914-20. Named to 772940 PTE. H. REEVE. 125-CAN. INF. - $150
One. British War Medal 1914-20. Named to 240008 A. SJT. D.J. SUTHERLAND. 164-CAN. INF. - $150
One. British War Medal 1914-20. Named to 679304 A.SJT. W.A. WEBB 169-CAN. INF. - $150
One. British War Medal 1914-20. Named to 690184 PTE. H. SAUNDERS. 173-CAN. INF. - $150
One. British War Medal 1914-20. Named to 02596 A. SJT. E. ST. GERMAIN. 183-CAN. INF. Suspender is damaged (missing roller bar and top of one ear) and medal has some edge knocks.- $125
One. British War Medal 1914-20. Named to 874112 PTE. C. CREWE. 184-CAN. INF.- $150
One. British War Medal 1914-20 (disk only). Named to 883708 PTE. A.J. LANE. 187-CAN. INF.- $100
One. British War Medal 1914-20 (disk only). Named to 161023 PTE. W.GERRIE. 194-CAN. INF. - $100
One. British War Medal 1914-20. Named to 237585 A/CPL. S.J. BURSTOW. 204TH CAN. INF. Late issue style naming in large impressed capitals.- $150
One. British War Medal 1914-20. Named to 1000237 PTE. H.E. MUNDY. 226-CAN. INF. - $150
One. British War Medal 1914-20. Named to 1036119 PTE. P.F. CURRIE. 238-CAN. INF. - $150
One. British War Medal 1914-20. Named to 1037610 PTE. W.S. CORK 238-CAN. INF. - $150

Single Victory Medals

  

  One. Victory Medal. Named to 4030170 PTE W.H.HARTE. C.S.E.F.. William Henry Harte was born in Cornwall, Ontario on 11 December 1891. He was working as a machinist, and living with his parents on Clarke Street in Montreal, Quebec, when he was drafted under the Military Service Act on 17 November 1917. He advised that he had five months previous miliary service as a member of the Montreal Home Guard when he was enrolled in the 1st Depot Battalion of the First Quebec Regiment in Montreal. His medical file indicates that he was 25 years of age when he enrolled, measuring 5 feet 10 inches tall, with a fair complexion, blue eyes, and red hair. Harte served in the 259th Battalion Canadian Siberian Expeditionary Force, sailing from Canada for Vladivostock, Russia on the SS Protesilus from Vancouver, BC on 26 December 1918. He served in Siberia until 21 April 1919, arriving back in Canada on 5 May 1919, and being demobilized on 14 May 1919. Medal loose on short length of original ribbon. A scarce medal to a sought-after unit.

Good VF Condition $250

  

One. Victory Medal. Named to LIEUT. J.N. LYONS. Lyons received the Distinguished Conduct Medal while serving as a member of 6th Siege Battery Canadian Field Artillery. His award was gazetted in the London Gazette of 17 April 1918. The citation for his award reads:

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty on many occasions. On one occasion, when his detachment came under heavy fire, and several casualties occurred, including his officer, he completed his task with great courage and resource, afterwards tending to the wounded and organizing stretcher parties while still under fire.

Medal has an official correction to the initial N. Loose on older worn ribbon.

VF Condition $225

Single Memorial Crosses and Memorial Plaques

 

One. Memorial Cross (GV). Named to 18689 Pte. W. SMITH. William Smith was born in Ottawa, Ontario on 28 May 1893. He joined the 3rd Batallion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force at Valcartier, Quebec on 23 September 1914, giving his trade as farmer, with his next of kin his brother, who was living in Wetaskiwin, Alberta, and indicated that he had previous military service, having spent two years in the 35th Alberta Light Horse. Smith was reported as missing, and then later recognized as having been killed in action during fighting by the 3rd Battalion near the Duck's Bill feature (a parapet that extended into no-man's land, approximately 75 yards from the enemy's front line) at Givenchy on 17 June 1915. While his service file indicates he was buried where he fell at the Duck's Bill feature, Smith's remains were later lost during subsequent fighting, and he is now commemorated on the Vimy Memorial, France. An early Canadian casualty of the 1st Canadian Division.

Good VF Condition $275

 

One. Memorial Cross (GV). Named to LIEUT. G.A. DALZELL. George Alden Dalzell was the Battalion Sergeant Major of the 115th (New Brunswick) Battalion CEF before being commissioned in the Canadian Forestry Corps. He was from Grand Manan, New Brunswick, and died of illness (tuberculosis) on 24 March 1920. He is buried in North Head Anglican Church Cemetery, Grand Manan, New Brunswick.

Good VF Condition $250

Single Long Service Medals

 

One. Colonial Auxiliary Forces Officers' Decoration (GV) Named to HON.LT.COL. H.A. TURNER DURHAM REGT. Turner was awarded his decoration in G.O. 60, 1936. Approx 1600 of this type awarded to Canadians. Award is mounted on original ribbon with brooch.

Good VF Condition $600 or best offer

 

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

Good VF Condition $150 or best offer

  


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 or best offer

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