A Memorial Group to the Canadian Garrison Artillery at Bully-Grenay, France
A Memorial Group to the Canadian Garrison Artillery at Bully-Grenay, France - British War Medal (1260522 GNR. E.H. MC NAUGHTON. C.G.A.); Victory Medal (1260522 GNR. E.H. MC NAUGHTON. C.G.A.); GRV Memorial Cross (1260522 Gnr. E.H. McNAUGHTON) in Case of Issue; and Memorial Plaque (EDMUND HEWSON McNAUGHTON) in Envelope and Cardboard Package of Issue. Naming is officially impressed on the medals, officially engraved on the Cross and named in raised lettering on the plaque. Medals are unmounted. Very crisp detail, cleaned, light contact, near extremely fine. Accompanied by a black and white group photograph of McNaughton with his 4th Draft unit in Cobourg, Ontario (studio marked "F.J. Skitch COBOURG, ONT.", 140 mm x 243 mm, on a 250 mm x 352 mm matte); letter accompanying the medals to the relative of the deceased; and copies of his Index Cards, Attestation Paper, Service Records, Medical Records, Will, Casualty Documentation, War Service Gratuity Form (dated August 13, 1920) and assorted research papers, including the reprint of his death notice from the Cobourg World of August 31, 1917. Footnote: Edumund Hewson McNaughton was born on January 15, 1893 in Cobourg, Ontario, the son of Charlotte McNaughton and the late David McNaughton. He signed his Attestation Paper on May 1, 1916 in Cobourg, part of the 4th Draft of the Cobourg Heavy Battery, naming his next-of-kin as his mother, Charlotte Elizabeth McNaughton on Cobourg, stating that he had seven years previous service with the Cobourg Heavy Battery, in addition to six months in Signalling Home Defence, that he was not married and that his trade was that of Engineer. McNaughton embarked Canada on June 18, 1916 from Halifax, Nova Scotia, aboard the Empress of Britain, arriving in Liverpool, England on June 28, 1916. In England, he was struck off strength of the C.D.S.A. and taken on strength by the 97th Canadian Siege Battery in France on November 14, 1916, joining them in the field on the 17th. He was transferred to No. 1 Siege Battery, joining them in the field on January 11, 1917. McNaughton was in action with a Heavy Battery Crew at Bully-Grenay, France, in midsummer 1917. An article in the Cobourg World of August 17, 1917 summed up the attack: "The date was August 9th, a Thursday, 1917. 9.2 Hourtzer guns were in position at the little French village (of) BULLY-GRENAY. Some of the members of the gun crews were from Cobourg, and had gone overseas with Cobourg Heavy Battery drafts. The time was 8 o'clock in the morning, a time when the gun crews were changing shifts. One gun, in particular was set up in its gun-pit with a camouflage covering. Near by was a shed in which the shells and explosives were stored. The gun crews also used the shed for sleeping. A German shell came over and registered a direct hit on the shed. The terrific explosion that followed completely destroyed the adjacent (60-pounder) 9.2 Hourtzer. Several men were killed outright and others were wounded or burned by the expoloding shells." They were at "positions west of Bully-Grenay", when a direct hit by an enemy shell on the ammunition storage killed most of the gun crew including two Cobourg men, one of which was McNaughton, dead at age 24. Two weeks later, the Cobourg World published McNaughton's obituary, on Friday, August 31st. It read as follows: "SERGT. EDMUND HEWSON McNAUGHTON, KILLED IN ACTION. A very sad bereavement came to Mrs. David McNaughton on Thursday of last week when she received a message from the Records Department at Ottawa stating that her son, Sergt. Edmund H. McNaughton was killed in action August 9th. Sergt. McNaughton received his education at the Collegiate Institute here, where he was an officer in the cadet corps and where he was very popular with his young companions. From boyhood he took a keen interest in military matters, and went to the coast with the Cobourg Heavy Battery when they were called at the outbreak of war. He went overseas in June, 1916 with Lieut Lean's draft of the Cobourg Heavy Battery and has now nobly surrendered his life on the field of honor. Sergeant McNaughton was a young man who was not only a favorite among citizens but also enjoyed the respect and esteem with those whom he came in contact. He was 26 years of age (actually 24) and was just ready to take up the responsibilities of life when instead he put on the khaki. A life, however, is not measured in years and he chose the proudest, best, part. He has gloriously sealed his devotion to duty and to liberty and righteousness with his life's blood on the battlefield. Very deep indeed is the sympathy felt with Mrs. McNaughton in the death of her only child and in this The World sincerely Joins." He is remembered with honour at Bully-Grenay Communal Cemetery Extension, British Extension, Pas de Calais, France, Grave Reference: III. E. 8. (Bully is approximately 20 kilometres north of Arras). His Will left everything to his mother, Charlotte, who also received his medals and plaque. In the War Service Gratuity Form, dated August 13, 1920, it indicates that she was eligible for a gratuity of $180.00.