A First War Medal Pair to the 10th Canadian Infantry Battalion
A First War Medal Pair to the 10th Canadian Infantry Battalion - British War Medal (231333 PTE. J. HUNTER. 10-CAN.INF.); and Victory Medal (231333 PTE. J. HUNTER. 10-CAN.INF.). Naming is officially impressed. Mounted to a suspension with swing bar pinback, as worn by the veteran, original ribbons, very dark patina on the BWM, very light contact, extremely fine. Footnote: James Hunter was born on April 2, 1900 (although his Attestation Paper states 1899) in Glasgow, Scotland, the son of a Journeyman Mason, Alexander Hunter and Jeanie Hunter (nee McIntosh). He was a resident of Edmonton, Alberta when he signed his Attestation Paper as a Private (231333) with the 202nd Infantry Battalion "Edmonton Sportsmen's Battalion", on April 5, 1916, in Edmonton, at the age of 16 (where he stated that he was 17, in order to enter service), naming his next-of-kin as his father, Alex Hunter of Flat Creek, Alberta, stating that he had no previous military service, that he was not married and that his trade was that of Farmer. The Battalion was raised and mobilized in Edmonton, Alberta under the authority of G.O. 69, July 15, 1916. The Battalion sailed November 24, 1916, under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel P.E. Bowen, with a strength of 27 officers and 746 other ranks. He embarked Halifax, Nova Scotia aboard the S.S. Mauretania on November 23, 1916, arriving in Liverpool, England on the 30th. He was taken on strength upon arrival by the 9th Reserve Battalion. Hunter was transferred to the 10th Infantry Battalion for overseas service, arriving at the Canadian Base Depot in France on May 27, 1917. He was posted to the 1st Entrenchment Battalion on June 13th, arriving with them on the 15th, followed two months later by his arrival with the 10th Infantry Battalion on August 18th. Hunter was transferred to England and posted to the Alberta Regimental Depot at Bramshott on November 27, 1917, then posted to the Canadian Army Medical Corps Casualty Depot on January 3, 1918. Eight weeks later, he was admitted to No. 9 Canadian General Hospital on February 28, 1918, the malady not stated, and after nine months treatment, was discharged from hospital on November 27, 1918. He was placed "on command" at the Canadian Discharge Depot on December 10th, then struck off strength to Canada, sailing from Liverpool, England aboard the S.S. Northland on December 15, 1918. Hunter was discharged upon "Reduction of Forces" on February 14, 1919 at No. 13 District Depot in Calgary, Alberta. He died on October 17, 1975 in Edmonton.