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eMedals-A First War Canadian Military Cross for the Rescue of Wounded Officer

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A First War Canadian Military Cross for the Rescue of Wounded Officer



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A First War Canadian Military Cross for the Rescue of Wounded Officer

WWI MC Group of Three, Lieutenant Thomas N. Rowling, 87th Infantry Battalion "Canadian Grenadier Guards" - Military Cross, GRV; British War Medal (LIEUT. T.N. ROWLING.); and Victory Medal (LIEUT. T.N. ROWLING.). Naming is officially impressed. Un-mounted, replacement ribbons, dark patina on the silver medals, very light contact, extremely fine. Accompanied by copies of his Attestation Paper, Citation as it appeared in the London Gazette 30901, page 11043 on September 16, 1918 and research papers from the Canadian Great War Project website.   Footnote: Thomas Noble Rowling was born on January 18, 1885 in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England. He signed his Attestation Paper as a Private (457824) with the 87th Infantry Battalion "Canadian Grenadier Guards", on July 8, 1915, in Montreal, Quebec, at the age of 30, naming his wife, Mrs. Hilda Rowling of Montreal (later of Holme House 2, Cheltenham Parade, Harrogate), stating that he had no previous military service, that he was Married and that his trade was that of Electrician. The Battalion was raised in Quebec with mobilization headquarters at Montreal under the authority of G.O. 151, December 22, 1915. The Battalion sailed on April 25, 1916 from Halifax, Nova Scotia, under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel J.P. Rexford with a strength of 36 officers and 1,026 other ranks and served in France and Belgium with the 11th Infantry Brigade, 4th Canadian Division. While in Europe, Rowling was later promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. He was awarded his Military Cross for actions that he took in saving the life of another officer, his citation appearing in the Third Supplement to the London Gazette 30901 of Friday, September 13, 1918, dated Monday, September 16, 1918, page 11043, and in the Canada Gazette on September 11, 1918, page 1604: "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in immediately organising and leading a party to search for an officer whose patrol had lost touch with him during the night. He searched until broad daylight before finding the officer, who had been seriously wounded 300 yards in front of the line. He exposed himself to sniping and machine-gun fire, and his faithful and thorough search is worthy of great praise." (C:19)  
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