A Complete Canadian Memorial Group
A Complete Canadian Memorial Group - ritish War Medal (916849 PTE. W.T. BARNES. 2-C.M.R.); Victory Medal (916849 PTE. W.T. BARNES. 2-C.M.R.); GRV Memorial Cross in Case of Issue (916849 PTE. W.T. BARNES, case maker marked "RODEN BROS. LIMITED MEDALISTS TORONTO" on the inside lid, stamped "PAT. NOV. 1918" on the bottom); and Memorial Plaque (WILLIAM THOMAS BARNES). Naming is officially impressed on the medals, officially engraved on the Cross and named in raised lettering on the plaque. Medals are unmounted. Very crisp detail, dark patina on the BWM, cleaned, extremely fine. Accompanied by his original Memorial Plaque Parchment Scroll (named to "Pte. William Thomas Barnes, Canadian Mounted Rifles"); his Canadian Expeditionary Force Death Certificate (stating "916849 Private Willaim Thomas Barnes, 2nd Canadian Mounted Rifles was killed in action", dated at Militia Headquarters, Ottawa, October 10th 1919, with stamped signature); Memorial Cross Letter from Buckingham Place; Sweetheart Badge (brass, black and white photograph of Barnes under glass, 27.5 mm, horizontal pinback, in Box of Issue, box maker marked "ELLIS BROS. LIMITED TORONTO" on the lid, marked "Xmas 1916. From W.T. Barnes" in handwritting on the bottom); and copies of his Index Cards, Attestation Paper, Service Records, Medical Records, Will, Casualty Documentation, War Service Gratuity Form (dated July 30, 1920) and assorted research papers. Footnote: William Thomas Barnes was born on March 25, 1890 in Toronto, Ontario. He signed his Attestation Paper with the 198th Battalion "Canadian Buffs" in Toronto, Ontario on May 20, 1916, naming his next-of-kin as his wife, Sadie Barnes, stating that he had no previous military service and that his trade was that of Paper Ruler. The Battalion was raised and mobilized in Toronto, Ontario under the authority of G.O. 69, July 15, 1916. The Battalion sailed March 28, 1917 from Halifax, Nova Scotia aboard the S.S. Metagama, under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel J.A. Cooper with a strength of 31 officers and 841 other ranks, arriving in Liverpool, England on April 4th. After almost one year in England, Barnes was struck off strength to the 2nd Canadian Mounted Rifles on March 1, 1918 at Camp Witley. He landed in France and was taken on strength in the field on March 3rd. He was later awarded a Good Conduct Badge in the field on May 21, 1918. Barnes was killed in action on September 29, 1918, and it was noted in his casualty records that "While advancing with his Battalion in an attack and after proceeding about three hundred yards, this soldier was hit in the heart by a fragment of a shell, which exploded nearby, and instantly killed." He is remembered with honour in Drummond Cemetery, Nord, France, near the town of Raillencourt, west of Cambrai, Grave Reference I. B. 6. His Will left everything to his wife, Sadie, who also received his medals and plaque. In the War Service Gratuity Form, dated July 30, 1920, it indicates that she was eligible for a gratuity of $180.00, less the amount of Special Pension Bonus paid of $80.00, with a balance due of $100.00.