A Canadian Long Service Group to the 7th Infantry Battalion
A Canadian Long Service Group to the 7th Infantry Battalion - 1914-15 Star (16924 Pte J. McVIE. 7/CAN:INF:); British War Medal (16924 PTE. J. MC VIE. 7-CAN.INF.); Victory Medal (16924 PTE. J. MC VIE. 7-CAN.INF.); Canadian Volunteer Service Medal; War Medal 1939-1945; and Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal with Canada Bar, George V (PTE. (A/CPL) J. McVIE R.C.A.M.C.). Mounted to a suspension with swing bar pinback, as worn by the veteran, original ribbons, dark patinas on the silver medals, edge wear on the BWM and VM, tarnishing evident, light contact overall, very fine. Footnote: James McVie was born on March 9, 1898 in Edinburgh, Scotland and in his youth, he immigrated to Canada. He signed his Attestation Paper as a Private (16924) with the 7th Infantry Battalion "1st British Columbia Regiment", on September 23, 1914, at Valcartier Camp, at the age of 16, naming his next-of-kin as Mrs. S. McVie of Victoria, British Columbia, stating that he had no previous military service, that he was Single and did not state any trade, likely due to his youthful inexperience. He was employed with the 7th Infantry Battalion as a Bugler. The Battalion was raised in British Columbia and mobilized at Camp Valcartier, Quebec under the authority of P.C.O. 2067, August 6, 1914, sailing on October 3, 1914 with a strength of 47 officers and 1,176 other ranks, under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel W. Hart-McHarg. The Battalion served in France and Belgium with the 2nd Infantry Brigade, 1st Canadian Division. McVie survived the war and when he returned to Canada, headed back to British Columbia. It was at Victoria that he would sign his second Attestation Paper, this time with the Canadian Military Police Corps as a "Special Guard" (2780019), on October 29, 1919, now age 21, naming his next-of-kin as Mrs. S. McVie of Victoria, stating that he had four years and nine months' previous service with the 7th Infantry Battalion, that he was not married and that his trade was that of Tool Sharpener. His medical examination was performed at Esquimalt Military Hospital, where he was again declared "fit" for service. For his First World War service, he was awarded the 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. During the Second World War, McVie served with the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps in the home theatre and for his service, was awarded the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and the War Medal 1939-1945. He was also awarded the Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal.