A Military Medal Group For a 1917 Trench Raid
Military Medal (438825 SAPR J.M.SMITH. 2/F. COY CAN:E.); British War & Victory (438825 CPL.J.M.SMITH. C.E.); Naming is officially impressed, EF. Accompanied by records and research from the National Archives of Canada. Footnote: James Smith, born June 1878 at Leeds, Quebec, had developed military experience as a member of the 98th Rainy River Artillery as well as a perminant member of the 11th United States Cavalry. Enlisting with the CEF on January 8th 1915, he would arrive in England September 1915 and proceeded to France in December of that year. Nonetheless it was on May 15th 1917 when James Smith was awarded that Military Medal with the following citation: "For initiative, energy and devotion to duty at all timse, but especiall on the night of February 27th 1917, north of Souchez, when he accompanied a raiding party of the 7th Can: Inf; Battn and had charge of the demolition work. A wounded Infantryman had fallen into an occupied German dugout, and, Spr Smith, after finishing the demolition of other dugouts, returned and assisted in getting the wounded man up and back to our lines. His courage and coolness was an inspiration to all taking part in the raid." Spr Smith would see out the war, yet begin to fall ill complaining of painful back issues in 1919.