A First War Medal Group to the 1st Canadian Infantry Battalion
A First War Medal Group to the 1st Canadian Infantry Battalion - British War Medal (644105 PTE. G.F. SNOULTON. 1-CAN.INF.); and Victory Medal (644105 PTE. G.F. SNOULTON. 1-CAN.INF.). Naming is officially impressed. Un-mounted, original ribbons, dark patina on the BWM, light contact, surface wear on the VM, very fine. Accompanied by an Orillia's Recognition of War Service 1919 Medal (bronze with a copper-coloured gilt, 31.7 mm, on original violet ribbon with beaver icon pinback hanger, contact marks), a Canadian Corps Reunion Toronto 1938 Pin (bronze and red enamels, maker marked "C.E. CLENDENNING TORONTO" on the reverse, 21.3 mm x 22.5 mm, screwback), along with his original Discharge Certificate (dated January 25, 1919), War Service Badge Certificate (dated March 1919) and Service Chevron Certificate (dated January 25, 1919), the certificates with fold marks and lightly soiled. Footnote: George Frederick Snoulton was born on February 8, 1885 in the City of London, England. He signed his Attestation Paper as a Private with the 157th Infantry Battalion "Simcoe Foresters", on February 25, 1916 in Orillia, Ontario, at the age of 31, naming his next-of-kin as his father, William Snoulton of Orillia, stating that he had previous military service with the 38th Battalion Middlesex, that he was not married and that his trade was that of Machinist. The 157th Infantry Battalion was raised in Simcoe County, Ontario with mobilization headquarters at Barrie, under the authority of G.O. 151, December 22, 1915. The Battalion sailed October 18, 1916 under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel D.H. MacLaren with a strength of 32 officers and 967 other ranks. In England, the Battalion was broken up and absorbed into the 19th, 116th and 125th Infantry Battalions and the 8th Reserve Battalion. Snoulton was later transferred to the 1st Infantry Battalion in the French theatre. He returned to Canada and was discharged upon demobilization on January 25, 1919, at No. 2 Military District in Toronto, Ontario, credited with having served in England and France, entitled to wear the War Service Badge, number 101659 and three blue Service Chevrons.