A British War Medal to the 15th Canadian Infantry; KIA
A British War Medal to the 15th Canadian Infantry; KIA - (141497 PTE. J. MC DOWELL. 15-CAN.INF.). Naming is officially impressed, his surname spelled incorrectly as "McDowell" and not "MacDowell". Original ribbon, semi-dark patina, edge nicks, light contact, better than very fine. Accompanied by a Casualty List (confirming MacDowell's death). Footnote: John MacDowell was born on January 26, 1896 in Hamilton, Ontario. He signed his Attestation Paper as a Private with the 76th Infantry Battalion, on July 26, 1915 in Hamilton, at the age of 19, naming his next-of-kin as Mrs. Frederick Marsden of Hamilton, stating the he was with an Active Militia, that he was not married and that his trade was that of Baker. The Battalion was raised in Barrie, Ontario with mobilization headquarters at Niagara, Ontario under the authority of G.O. 103A, August 15, 1915. The Battalion sailed April 23, 1916 under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel J. Ballantine with a strength of 36 officers and 1,006 other ranks. In England, the Battalion was absorbed into the 36th Infantry Battalion (3rd Reserve Battalion). MacDowell was later transferred to the 15th Infantry Battalion "48th Highlanders of Canada" and was with the 15th when he was Killed in Action, on June 3, 1916, on Observatory Ridge during the Battle of Mount Sorrel. He is remembered with honour on the Menin Gate (Ypres) Memorial, Ypres, Belgium, Grave Reference: Panel 18-24-26-30 and is commemorated on page 125 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.