A First World War Medal Group to the Canadian Field Artillery
A First World War Medal Group to the Canadian Field Artillery - 1914-15 Star (43697 DVR: E. CARDINAL. 1/CAN:DIV: A.C.); British War Medal (43697 A-BMBR. E. CARDINAL. C.F.A.); and Victory Medal (43697 A. BMBR. E. CARDINAL. C.F.A.). Naming is officially impressed. Un-mounted, original ribbons, light contact, cleaned, better than very fine. Accompanied by copies of his Attestation Paper and Service Records, along with a letter from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Canadian Agency (confirming his burial plot and death, dated February 9, 1976 at Ottawa) and his Statement of Service in the Canadian Armed Forces. Footnote: Emile Cardinal was born on November 10, 1892 in Jeune Lorette, Quebec. He signed his Attestation Paper on September 24, 1914 at Valcartier Camp, at the age of 21, naming his next-of-kin as his father, Philippe Cardinal of Limoilou, Quebec, stating that he had previous military service with the 1st Battery, Canadian Field Artillery in Quebec City, that he was not married and that his trade was that of Painter. Cardinal entered the French theatre on August 1, 1915 with the 1st Divisional Ammunition Column, Canadian Field Artillery. Ten months later, he was posted to the 3rd Brigade, CFA on May 30, 1916 for one month, before being posted to the 12th Brigade, CFA on June 28th. Cardinal was awarded one Good Conduct Badge on September 28, 1916. He returned to the 3rd Brigade on March 20, 1917 and was appointed Acting Bombardier on January 4, 1919. He was transferred to the Canadian Concentration Camp "A" Wing at Kinmel Park on May 4, 1919, then struck off strength to Canada on the 31st. He was discharged upon demobilization on June 8, 1919, credited with having served in Canada, Great Britain and France. Cardinal died on May 1, 1921 from Phthisis (Tuberculosis, AKA "Consumption"), at the age of 28, his death attributed to his war service. He is buried in Quebec City (St. Charles) Cemetery, Quebec, Grave Reference: Section B, Lot 33, Grave 9 and is commemorated on page 555 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.