A 1911 Daily Mail Trophy Medal to 21st CEF Commanding Officer
A 1911 Daily Mail Trophy Medal to 21st Batt. CEF Commanding Officer DSO - Silver, engraver marked "LR" on the obverse, engraved "CAPT. T.F. ELMITT. M.R.A. 97. 20.5.11." on the edge, obverse illustrating two cherubs in loose robes holding a globe, with the Western Hemisphere facing the viewer, reverse inscribed "DAILY MAIL TROPHY COMPETITION 1911" inside an open-ended wreath of laurel leaves, 44.3 mm, dark patina, very light contact, extremely fine. Accompanied by a purple ribbon angled across a white satin field with cardboard backer, inscribed "LIEUT. T.F. ELMITT, 43rd D.C.O.R." screen printed in gold-coloured ink on the ribbon, 78 mm x 141 mm. Footnote: Thomas Francis Elmitt was born on January 24, 1871 in Ottawa, Ontario. Elmitt is documented as having been awarded the Colonial Auxiliary Forces Long Service Medal, as a Sergeant with the Governor General's Foot Guards and as a Captain with the 43rd Regiment, Duke of Cornwall's Own Rifles. He was called to service, as part Canadian Expeditionary Force, signing his Attestation Paper as an Officer, on November 9, 1914, in Kingston, Ontario, at the age of 43 years and 9 months, naming his next-of-kin as Thomas Elmitt of Ottawa, stating that he was with an Active Militia, that he had fifteen years' previous service with the 43rd Regiment, Duke of Cornwall's Own Rifles and three years' previous service with the Governor General's Foot Guards, that he was not married and that his trade was that of Lumber Merchant. Three months before embarking for Europe, Elmitt was promoted to Major on February 9, 1915. He embarked Montreal, Quebec aboard the R.M.S. Metagama, on May 6, 1915, disembarking in Devonport, England and proceeding to West Sandling Camp near Hythe, Kent on the 15th. Four months after arriving in England, he embarked Folkestone aboard the St. Seiriol for service in the French theatre, on September 14, 1915, disembarking in Boulogne the following day. The following Summer, he was slightly wounded in the field, on June 28, 1916. He was detached to the General List, Headquarters, Canadian Training Depot, Shorncliffe on proceeding to England for a Staff Course at Aldershot, on October 14, 1916 and after three months, was taken on strength, on having returned from the course at Aldershot, on January 7, 1917. Major Elmitt was called to action in the field, named Major (Acting-Lieutenant Colonel) Elmitt, commanding the 21st Infantry Battalion from May 9, 1917 to July 6, 1917 (London Gazette 30152). He took over the battalion in the absence of Lieutenant Colonel Elmer W. Jones DSO (with Bar), while Jones was convalescing in England from wounds received in the attack of Vimy Ridge, on April 9, 1917 (Jones returned to lead the battalion after Elmitt's departure and was later Killed in Action on August 8, 1918). Elmitt relinquished the acting rank of Lieutenant Colonel on July 6, 1917 and ceased to command the battalion (London Gazette 30253). He was struck off strength of the 21st Battalion and posted to the Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot at Seaford for duty with the Canadian Forestry Corps, on October 28, 1917, taken on strength at the Base Depot, Canadian Forestry Corps, Sunningdale, placed under command of 52 District Headquarters and subsequently struck off strength of the Base Depot Canadian Forestry Corps the same day. Elmitt was named Temporary Major on the 29th (London Gazette 30593). He ceased to be under the command of No. 52 District of the Canadian Forestry Corps, then taken on strength of 132 Company of the Forestry Corps on November 23, 1917. Major Elmitt was brought to the notice of the Secretary State for War for valuable services rendered in connection with Military Operations in the field, on December 28, 1917, as he was Mentioned in Despatches by Sir Douglas Haig, as announced in the Second Supplement to the London Gazette 30448 of Tuesday, December 28, 1917, on Friday, December 28, 1917, page 13571. He was also awarded the Distinguished Service Order, as announced in the Supplement to the London Gazette 30450 of Friday, December 28, 1917, on Tuesday, January 1, 1918, page 28. He was posted to Headquarters of the Canadian Forestry Corps from 132 Company, on May 31, 1919, returning to the Base Depot, Canadian Forestry Corps on July 25, 1919, attached from the Officer's Pool "O" Wing to "M" Wing on the 26th, then transferred to "R" Wing at Witley on August 23rd, for return to Canada. He was struck off strength on September 3rd, embarking Tilbury aboard the S.S. Minnekahda and taken on strength of CEF Canada, District Depot No. 11 on the 6th, arriving in Canada on the 14th. He was struck off strength of District Depot No. 11 and was discharged upon demobilization on October 6, 1919, credited with having served in Canada, England, France and Belgium. For his First World War service, he was awarded the 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. After the war, Elmitt re-joined the 43rd Regiment, Duke of Cornwall's Own Rifles, which became the Ottawa Highlanders in 1922, and later, the Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa in 1936 and assisted in the regiment's reorganization. He was later promoted to Colonel and was on the Reserve of Officers for a number of years thereafter. He married Elizabeth A. Covell (July 26, 1892 to January 10, 1976) and together, they had two children: a son, Frederick Elmitt and a daughter, Theresa Elmitt. In his civilian life, he was engaged in the lumber business in the Ottawa district and at one time, was Vice President of the Montreal Lumber Dealers' Association, along with being a representative for the Singer Manufacturing Company. Elmitt died on February 25, 1938, in Ottawa, Ontario, at the age of 67 and is buried with his wife in Beechwood Cemetery in Ottawa.