A British War Medal to the Canadian Engineers CEF
A British War Medal to the Canadian Engineers CEF (2009595 SPR. C. FRETZ. C.E.). Naming is officially impressed. Original ribbon, dark patina, extremely fine. Accompanied by a Canadian Engineers Cap Badge (pickled brass, 39.7 mm x 50.8 mm, intact lugs and pin). Footnote: Charlie Fretz was born on March 22, 1896 in Stevensville, Ontario. He signed his Attestation Paper with the Canadian Engineers, on April 30, 1918, in Montreal, Quebec, at the age of 22, naming his next-of-kin as his father, Elmer Fretz, stating that he had no previous military service, that he was Single and that his trade was that of Barber. The Canadian Engineers were responsible for all defensive measures, including wiring, trenches, gun enplacements, offensive and defensive mining subways, roads, bridges, railways, medical accommodations, water supply and purification and numerous other vital tasks. All accommodation and storage huts were built by the engineers and they were also charged with maintaining sanitation standards.