A 1916 Royal Montreal Regiment M.M. for Action on Ypres Salient; KIA at Battle of Amiens
A Canadian M.M. Group for Action on Ypres Salient April 1916 KIA - Military Medal (26154 A.C.Q.M. SJT: F.K. NEILSON. 14/CAN:I.B.); 1914-15 Star (26154 SJT F.K. NEILSON. 14/CAN:INF:); British War Medal (LIEUT. F.K. NEILSON.); and Victory Medal (LIEUT. F.K. NEILSON.). Naming is officially impressed. Court-mounted, dark patinas on the silver medals, extremely fine. Accompanied by copies of his Attestation Paper, Service Records, Medical Records and assorted research papers, in hard copy and CD form. Footnote: Frank Kenny Neilson was born on February 8, 1886 in Dundee, Scotland. He signed his Attestation Paper as an officer with the 14th Infantry Battalion, on September 22, 1914 at Valcartier, Quebec, naming is next-of-kin as his brother, James Neilson of Dundee, stating that he had three years' previous service with the 3rd Regiment Victoria Rifles of Canada, that he was not married and that his trade was that of Joiner. The 14th Infantry Battalion was raised from the Royal Montreal Regiment and mobilized at Valcartier Camp, Quebec under the authority of P.C.O. 2067, August 6, 1914. The Battalion sailed with a strength of 46 officers, one of which was Neilson, and 1,097 other ranks under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel F.J. Meighen on October 3, 1914. The Battalion served in France and Belgium with the 3rd Infantry Brigade. 1st Canadian Division. Fourteen months after arriving in England, Neilson was wounded by shell fire, experiencing a gun shot wound to the left cheek of his head about 10:00 pm on December 30, 1915. After being treated at No. 26 General Hospital in Etaples, he was invalided to Bevan Military Hospital, Sandgate, England for recuperation in mid-January, then transferred to the West Cliff Canadian Eye & Ear Hospital at Folkestone in mid-February. After being discharged from hospital in mid-May, he was appointed Acting Company Quartermaster Sergeant on June 2nd. Neilson was awarded the Military Medal for actions in the Ypres Salient in early April 1916, his citation appearing in the London Gazette, 29780, dated October 11, 1916: "For persistent good service under all conditions since the Regiment arrived in France. This N.C.O. has at all times set a splendid example of coolness to the men, in the Ypres Salient particularly on April 4th to 7th, 1916." (A.F.W.3121). He was appointed Temporary Lieutenant on February 24, 1917 and posted to the 23rd Reserve Battalion. One year later, he was posted to the 24th Infantry Battalion at Bramshott on March 19, 1918 for service in the French theatre. He arrived at the Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp on March 30th, joining his unit in the field on April 24th. Neilson was Killed in Action during the Battle of Amiens, "whilst near the 'jumping off' position, during the attack South East of Cachy, on the early morning of August 8th 1918, he was killed by an enemy shell." The War Diary or Intelligence Summary of the 14th Canadian Battalion, Royal Montreal Regiment of August 8, 1918 documents the following: "The 14th Canadian Battalion attacked at dawn on the morning of the 8th of August, on a two Company front. Nos. 2 and 3 Companies supported by Nos. 1 and 4. The barrage was excellent and the Boche (Germans), taken absolutely by surprise, at first put up very little resistance, but as the advance progressed, his machine gunners put us in a very fine fight and caused our men a number of casualties. Early in the day, five very gallant officers were killled. Lieut. E.G.T. Penny, who died attacking a Machine Gun nest single-handed, Lieut. A.S. Beird, Lieut. F.K. Neilson (whose medals are presented here), Lieut. J.H. Davy and Lieut. W.A. Kirkconnell. Four officers were wounded, Capt. E.A. Adams, Capt. B.T. Jackson, Lieut. S.B. White and Lieut. B.J. Neville who very gallantly carried a stretcher although wounded in the eye. There was a dense ground mist which made communication very difficult, but all ranks showed great dash and initiative and the objective was finally captured and consolidated. Several trophies were captured, - 10 Field Guns, 46 Machine Guns, 8 Trench Mortars. Numerous acts of gallantry were performed for which recommendations for various honours have been received." Neilson is remembered with honour at Toronto Cemetery, Demuin, Villiers Bretonneux, Somme, France, Grave Reference: A.10. and is commemorated on page 477 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. His medals, plaque and scroll were forwarded to his brother, James. As his mother had predeceased him and he had no spouse, no Memorial Cross was issued.