A First War Medal & Document Group to the 26th Canadian Infantry
A First War Medal & Document Group to the 26th Canadian Infantry - British War Medal (409447 PTE. W. EVANS. 26-CAN.INF.); and Victory Medal (409447 PTE. W. EVANS. 26-CAN.INF.). Naming is officially impressed. Un-mounted, original ribbons, dark patina on the BWM, light contact, near extremely fine. Accompanied by a Canada Shoulder Title (bronze, maker marked "BIRKS 1915" on the reverse, 14 mm x 51 mm, intact lugs and pin), an R.M.S. Lapland Pin (three-piece construction, bronze gilt and enamels, unmarked, 24 mm x 35.2 mm, missing its pinback, enamel chipping on the blue ribbon banner), a 26th Infantry Battalion Armband (red wool square, sewn above a navy blue rectangle with the number "26" screen-printed in red, sewn on a khaki-green wool armband, 88 mm x 193 mm, the ends sewn together), a Volunteer Civil Guard Armband (red screen-printed lettering on a blue wool armband, 74 mm x 155 mm, two ends held together with three safety pins), his Canadian Expeditionary Force Pay Book, his Canadian Pay Book for Use on Active Service (while with the 26th Battalion, 1917), his 37th Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force Pass (dated July 29, 1915), his Practical and Theoretical Examination in Shoeing, Bandaging and Blistering Course Marks Credit Sheet (taken from January 29, 1916 to March 3, 1916, signed by his Instructor, embossed with the Royal coat-of-arms), his Canadian Veterinary School at Shorncliffe Certificate (dated May 20, 1916), a Nominal Roll of Cold-Shoer Drafted from the 17th Canadian Reserve Battalion to the 26th Battalion Overseas Sheet (dated August 12, 1916 at East Sandling), a Clothing Slip to be Attached to Dispersal Certificate (dated March 29, 1919), his Personal Shoeing/Veterinary Course Notebook (hand-written notes), his Statement of Service in the Canadian Armed Forces (dated December 19, 1989), two Freeman of the Seas Proclamations Named to Evans (four-colour ink on white paper, 202 mm x 328 mm each), a Herbert George Evans (Brother) Remembrance Card (son of John and Fanny Evans, 8th Hussars, who died at Rawal, Pindee, East India, on February 19, 1881, at the age of two years and one month), a Photograph of No. 15 Platoon "D" Company 37th Battalion (sepia-toned, with Evans fifth from the left, in the second row from the front, personal messages on the reverse, 183 mm x 238 mm, soiled and torn edges), a Photo Post Card of the S.S. Lapland (black and white, with personal message to his wife on the reverse, 87 mm x 138 mm), a Photo Post Card of Evans in Uniform (sepia-toned, message on the reverse, 86 mm x 140 mm), one Photograph and one Photo Post Card taken in the Field (the first is sepia-toned, 88 mm x 139 mm; the second is black and white, 68 mm x 107 mm, tear in one corner), two Photographs (black and white, gloss finish, one of two people, likely the Evans couple, standing on a rock, the other of the Gold Medal Cleaners outlet in Oshawa), along with copies of his Attestation Paper, Service Records and assorted research papers. Footnote: William Evans was born on June 13, 1885 in Canterbury, England. He signed his Attestation Paper with the 37th Infantry Battalion, on June 11, 1915 at Niagara Camp, naming his next-of-kin as his wife, Edith Evans of East Whitby (Oshawa), Ontario, stating that he had no previous military service, that he was Married and that his trade was that of Blacksmith. The Battalion was raised in Sault Ste. Marie in Northern Ontario with mobilization headquarters at Niagara Falls, Ontario under the authority of G.O. 86, July 1, 1915. The Battalion sailed November 27, 1915 under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel C.F. Bick with a strength of 40 officers and 1,104 other ranks. He arrived in England aboard the S.S. Lapland, on December 11, 1915, then placed at the Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp on December 23rd. He had established himself as a Farrier with the 37th Battalion and attended a Course of Instruction in 1916 at the Canadian Veterinary School at Shorncliffe, from January 7th to March 24th and given the rank of Farrier Sergeant. Nine days before the end of his course, he was struck off strength of the 37th Battalion and transferred to the 17th Reserve Battalion on March 15, 1916. After leaving his course, now with the 17th Reserve Battalion, he was attached to the Brigade Machine Gun Company from March 26th to May 19th. In late summer, Evans was transferred to the 26th Battalion at East Sandling for overseas service, on August 17, 1916, joining his new unit in the field on the 28th in a "Transport" capacity. After twenty-nine months in the European theatre, he returned to England on January 9, 1919, followed by a posting to "W" Wing, Canadian Corps Camp at Witley, for return to Canada on May 10, 1919. Evans was discharged on May 17, 1919 at District Depot, Military District No. 7 in Saint John, New Brunswick, credited with having served in Canada, Great Britain and France, entitled to wear the War Service Badge, Class "A". He later became the proprietor of Gold Medal Cleaners and Dyers of 21 Bond Street in Oshawa, Ontario.