A 1914-15 Star to the 2nd Battalion; Wounded on the Somme
A 1914-15 Star to the 2nd Battalion; Wounded on the Somme - (412380 PTE T.W. HEAGLE. 2/CAN:INF:). Naming is officially impressed. Crisp detail, dark patina, light spotting, original ribbon, near extremely fine. Accompanied by copies of his Attestation Paper, Service Records, Medical Records and Discharge Certificate. Footnote: Tobias William Heagle was born on March 27, 1893 in Rawdon Township (in Hastings County in east-central Ontario). He signed his Attestation Paper with the 39th Battalion on March 10, 1915 at Cobourg, Ontario, stating that he belonged to an Active Militia, that he was not married and that his trade was that of Farmer. He arrived in England July 3, 1915 with the 39th Battalion, later being transferred to 2nd Battalion on October 26th and joining it in the field on November 15th. Soon after, on November 30th, he developed a case of trench fever and was treated accordingly, then with chilled feet on December 18th. Springtime saw him diagnosed with a case of the German Measles on April 24, 1916. His medical woes continued, as he had to be operated upon in France for a right inguinal hernia in early May. Heagle rejoined his unit in the field on June 29th but met with misfortune at the Battle of the Somme, on September 3, 1916, as he was severely wounded from multiple gun shot wounds and shrapnel to the left elbow, thigh and leg. He was struck off strength on October 7th, then invalided to England on the 8th. After six months of treatment, it was decided to invalid him to Canada for further medical treatment. He left April 12, 1917 for Queen's Military Hospital in Kingston, Ontario. His medical report dated November 27, 1917 stated that the "Patient complains that the strength in his left arm and hand has been reduced one half: that the muscles of the left arm and hand have atrophied; that the left hand becomes cold and at times there is slight pain along the course of the ulnar nerve. No complaint is made of the G.S.W. (gun shot wound) in the left thigh. Patient complains that he cannot walk more than a half a mile without the assistance of a cane. Then there is soreness over the site of the fracture of left tibia and a sense of weakness in the limb." It was determined that his disablities were permanent and it was recommended "That this soldier be discharged from further Military Service with pensionable disability." Heagle was discharged from active service by reason of "being medically unfit for further war service" on December 5, 1918 at Kingston, Ontario, having served his country in Canada, England and France.