A Second War Canaidan Memorial Cross to a WWI Austrian Veteran
A Second War Canaidan Memorial Cross to a WWI Austrian Veteran - War Medal 1939-1945; and Memorial Cross, George VI (B-70495 PTE. F. WEBER). Naming is engraved on the MC. Un-mounted, original ribbon and very dark patina on the WM, light contact, near extremely fine. Accompanied by copies of his Attestation Paper, Service Records, Discharge Certificates, Canadian Pension Commission Memorandum (dated July 23, 1952), Awards Card, Medals and Memorials of Deceased Personnel Card and a Letter Addressed to his Wife Confirming that Weber's Death was Related to his War Service (dated July 30, 1952). Footnote: Frank Weber was born on April 23, 1899 in Bukovina, Austria. He completed Public School, along with four years at a Trades School in Austria, in order to be a Tailor. He had served for one and half years in the Austrian Army during the First World War (1917-1918) and two and a half years in the Romanian Army (1921 to 1923) post-war. He immigrated to Western Canada, where he worked on a farm for one year before taking employment in a Tailor Shop in Regina, Saskatchewan for eleven years. He followed his western experience with a move to Ontario, where he was in the Tailoring Business in Niagara Falls, Ontario for eight years. Weber signed his Attestation Paper as a Private (B-70495) with the Queen's York Rangers (1st American Regiment), at Chippawa, Ontario, on September 21, 1942, at the age of 43, naming his next-of-kin as wife, Mrs. Theresa (Teresa) Weber of 148 Portage Road, Niagara Falls, Ontario, stating that he had no previous military service, that he was Married and that his trade was that of Tailor. He was multi-lingual, as he spoke English, German, Romanian, Russian and Polish, along with some Slovak languages. In a report, dated October 30, 1942, Captain W.A. Bryce noted that "This man is pleasant, friendly, and co-operative. He is of limited intelligence but has the tailoring trade upon which he can rely. He fought in the Austrian Army in the last war and trained in it afterwards until he ran away to Canada. He farmed for years in the west and took refuge in his trade. A useful man to have around a unit." and that "this man might be trade tested as a tailor if a spot on establishment appears." After 264 days service, he was discharged from the Queen's York Rangers (1st American Regiment), as "Unable to meet the required military physical standards", on June 11, 1943 at Chippawa, at the age of 44, his conduct noted as "very good during his 264 days service". Almost nine years after he was discharged, Weber died on April 3, 1952 of "Right heart failure", with the Canadian Pension Commission ruling that his death was related to his military service. Memorial Crosses were sent to both his widow, Mrs. Teresa Weber of 926 Portage Road North in Stamford, Ontario, on August 12, 1952, and to his mother, Mrs. Amelia Weber of Ansback, Feuchtwangerster 39, Mittel-Francken, Germany, on September 26, 1952. Weber had already received his War Medal 1939-1945 prior to his death.