A Medal Trio to the 19th Canadian Infantry; Wounded on the Somme
A Medal Trio to the 19th Canadian Infantry; Wounded on the Somme - 19th Canadian Infantry Trio - Wounded on the Somme- 1914-15 Star (55123 L. Cpl J.S. MERCER. 19/CAN:INF:); British War Medal (55123 L. CPL. J.S. MERCER. 19-CAN.INF.); and Victory Medal (55123 L. CPL. J.S. MERCER. 19-CAN.INF.). Naming is officially impressed. Unmounted, very crisp detail, dark patina and edge wear on the BWM, light contact, near extremely fine. Accompanied by copies of his Index Cards, Attestation Paper, Service Records, Medical Records, Discharge Certificate, Department of Veterans Affairs Death Notification (dated April 6, 1972) and Mercer Family History Research. Footnote: Joseph Stothard Mercer was born in Belfast, Ireland on July 6, 1896. He signed his Attestation Paper on November 10, 1914 in Toronto, Ontario, naming his next-of-kin as Mrs. E.F. Mercer of Toronto (relationship not stated), stating that he three months previous military service with the Queen's Own Rifles, that he was single and that his trade was that of Clerk. It was noted that he was to be Lance Corporal on April 1, 1915. The Battalion was raised and mobilized in Toronto under the authority of G.O. 36, March 15, 1915, sailing on May 13th aboard the S.S. Scandinavian, with a strength of 41 officers and 1,073 other ranks under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel J.J. McLaren, arriving in England on May 22nd. Mercer was taken on strength at Shorncliife on the 23rd and confirmed as Lance Corporal on July 1st at West Sandling. While in France, he was appointed Acting Lance Corporal (unpaid) in the field on September 1, 1916. Almost two weeks later, Mercer was wounded on September 12th, at the Somme front, sustaining a gun shot wound to his left arm and shoulder. He was evacuated aboard a hospital ship from Dieppe and admittted to the Military Hospital at Edmonton on September 16th. His medical records stated that he was injured by a "Shrapnel bullet which occurred on Sept 12th on the Somme front. The bullet entered in (the) upper arm in (the) middle third on (the) outer side. Causing a small entry wound and insert lower down in the inner side and caused no injury to (the) bone." After he was operated upon on October 1st, the wound healed, leaving a "large 6" in length scar" but it was also noted that "There is loss of sensation over lesion supplied by ulnar nerve". He was transferred to the Ontario Military Hospital at Orpington on January 24, 1917. It was here that it was established that the "wounds are healed" but the "arm still partially paralyzed". He was discharged from Orpington on February 19th and invalided to Canada on the advice of a Medical Board, disembarking Liverpool aboard the hospital ship Esquibo. He was treated at a number on convalescent centres in the Toronto area and was discharged as being "medically unfit" on September 18, 1917 at No. 2 Military Depot in Toronto, with a final discharge from hospital coming on September 30th. Mercer died on March 12, 1972, at the age of 75.