A Canadian First War Military Medal for the Attack at Lens 1917
Military Medal Group to the Royal Highlanders of Canada - Military Medal (419145 Pte C. WHITE. 42/CAN:INF:); British War Medal (419145 PTE. C. WHITE. 42-CAN.INF.); and Victory Medal (unnamed). Naming is officially impressed. Unmounted, very crisp detail, dark patinas on the silver medals, light contact, near extremely fine. Accompanied by a CD containing twenty pages, including his Index Cards, Attestation Paper, Service Records, Medical Records and Discharge Papers. Footnote: Charles White was born on December 29, 1897 in Croydon, England. He signed his Attestation Paper with the 37th Battalion on June 10, 1915 at Camp Niagara, stating that he belonged to an active militia, that he was not married and that his trade was that of Teamster. He listed his next-of-kin as Annie Littlechild of London but no relationship was stated. White arrived in England on August 26, 1915 and was taken on strength at Shorncliffe, where he was transferred to the 42nd Battalion on September 20th. He embarked for the French theatre on October 9th, disembarking at Boulogne. Two years later, on September 5, 1917, he was wounded at Lens, suffering gun shot wounds to his back and right wrist. It was from his actions during this encounter that he was to be recommended for his Military Medal. It was cited in the London Gazette 30389 on November 19, 1917, that Private Charles White, 1st Quebec, 42nd Battalion: "On the night 4/5th Sept two limbers returning with the Lewis Guns from the line came under intense hostile shelling, shrapnel, agas and high explosive. The drivers of both limbers were wounded as well as the two horses. The only means to extricate the limbers with the guns from the barrage was to continue along the road. The above driver had be (by) this time been wounded a second time, one of his wounds being through the wrist of his driving arm. He however courageously remained on duty and drove his limber a distance of some three miles to a place of safety before being relieved and admitted to Hospital, the Transport Officer himself driving the other team." A.F.W. 3121 September 6, 1917. White was posted to the 1st Quebec Regimental Depot at Shoreham on the 12th and was transferred to the 1st Southern General Hospital in Birmingham on the 13th. He was subsequently moved to the Military Convalescent Hosptial at Epsom on September 27th, spending over a month recovering and was discharged on October 29th. He was left with a scar on his back, his "right wrist scar partially adherent to the exterior tendon" and "when (his) hand gets cold, the wrist becomes a little stiff." On January 8, 1918, White was awarded his Military Medal. By January 11, 1918, he ceases to be attached to the 2nd Canadian Convalescent Depot and was taken on strength by the 20th Reserve Battalion at Bramshott. He was struck off strength by the 20th Reserve Battalion on May 1st and taken on strength by the 42nd Battalion in the field on May 2nd, landing in France on May 7th. He left the French theatre for the last time on February 7, 1919, embarking for Canada on March 1, 1919 aboard the S.S. Adriatic. White was admitted to hospital (PCMH) in Montreal on March 11, 1919 with an abscess in his chin, then discharged from service at District Depot No. 4 in Montreal on March 24th.