A Canadian Military Cross for Rescuing Wounded in the Field
A Canadian Military Cross for Rescuing Wounded in the Field - Walter Creasy: GRV Military Cross (unnamed); British War Medal (LIEUT. W. CREASY.); Victory Medal (LIEUT. W. CREASY); and Memorial Cross (Lieut. W. CREASY M.C.). John Creasy: British War Medal (147723 L CPL J CREASY 78-CAN INF); and Victory Medal (147723 L. CPL. J. CREASY. 78-CAN.INF.). Naming is officially impressed on the war medals and officially engraved on the Memorial Cross. Unmounted, dark patinas on the BWMs, Military Cross in case of issue, light contact, better than very fine. Accompanied by four negatives with photos of Lieutenant Walter Creasy in uniform and extensive paperwork containing one hundred and ninety-seven pages with copies of Lieutenant Walter Creasy's Index Cards, Internal Correspondence Regarding Creasy while with the CCGA pre-CEF, Attestation Paper, Service Records, Medical Records, Pay Records, Certificate of Death, Will, Probate Papers, List of Effects, Estates Branch Document, Telegrams, Newspaper Articles and Military Cross Citations in the London Gazette and the Canada Gazette, plus a copy of the two-sided Attestation Paper of his brother, Lance Corporal John Creasy. Footnote: Walter Creasy was born on May 12, 1884 in Terrington, St. Clement, Norfolk, England, the son of Mr. Benjamin Creasy and Mrs. Susan Creasy of Hay Green, Terrington, St. Clement, King's Lynn, Norfolk. He had four siblings: two brothers, John and Fred, and two sisters, Louisa and Emily. He served with the Norfolk Regiment for five years in England before coming to Canada and enlisted with the Canadian Garrison Artillery on October 29, 1914, 3rd (New Brunswick) Regiment, Military District No. 6 and assigned to No. 3 Company, Headquarters at Portland, New Brunswick, with the rank of Lieutenant. He signed his CEF Attestation Paper on July 5, 1915 with the 28th Battery CEF at Fredericton, New Brunswick, naming his next-of-kin as his father, Benjamin Creasy, stating that he had five years' previous service with the Norfolk Regiment, that he was with an Active Militia (seven months with the Canadian Garrison Artillery in St. John, New Brunswick), that he was not married and that his trade was that of Accountant (Secretary). Five weeks after signing at Fredericton, Lieutenant Creasy left Canada on August 10, 1915 and was taken on strength by the 28th Battery in England on September 17th. He attended a course at Shorncliffe from October 5 to 12, 1915 and qualified in Signalling. Upon his arrival in the French theatre, he was struck off strength and transferred to the 6th Brigade, Canadian Field Artillery on May 21, 1916, taken on strength on the 22nd. Lieutenant Creasy was awarded his Military Cross on October 26, 1916 (R.O. 301. Watson) as cited in the London Gazette 29837 on November 25, 1916 and in the Canada Gazette 2392 on January 13, 1917, "For conspicuous gallantry in action. As F.O.O. (Forward Observation Officer), he established and maintained communications under heavy fire, displaying great courage and ability. Later, he rescued a wounded officer and a wounded man." Unfortunately, he did not enjoy the spoils on his award, as he was Killed in Action two weeks later during the Battle of the Somme, on November 8, 1916 at the age of 32, while with the 6th Artillery Brigade, Canadian Field Artillery at an observation post, his entire gun crew having been wiped out. He is buried at Becourt Military Cemetery, Somme, France, Grave I.Y.39. Two articles appeared in the Saint John Telegraph after the passing of Lieutenant Creasy. The first read: "A report from Fredericton says that relatives in that city have received word that Lieut. Walter Creasy has been killed in action. The news was cabled by Major Randolph Crocker, officer commanding the 28th battery, which was mobilized in Fredericton in the spring of 1915. Lieut. Creasy was an Englishman who joined the unit a few days before it left the capital. He was killed instantly while at an observation post. A rather interesting but pathetic instance in connection with the death of this gallant officer is that three days before he was killed he was recommended for the military cross for gallantry on (sic) the field. During a heavy bombardment he carried two wounded men into the dressing station. The two men in question were wounded by the same shell which killed Lieut. Stanley MacDonald of this city, whose death in action was reported a short time ago.", while the second read: "Readers of the Telegraph will remember at the time of the death of Lieut. Walter Creasy, of the field artillery, who trained at Partridge Island and was well known in St. John, it was reported that he had been recommended for a military cross. Those who knew Lieut. Creasy in life will feel proud of the fact that they were numbered among the friends of so courageous an officer and so gallant a gentleman. He was of the old country but had been in Canada for some years prior to the outbreak of war. He went overseas with an artillery unit mobilized in St. John and an officer who knew him very intimately said of him a day or so ago: "Creasy was the finest Englishman it was ever my lot to know. He was a prince." A few days after he was recommended for the D.S.O. he was killed, the whole gun crew having been wiped out." In his Will, he left his real and personal estate to his mother, with the Army sending his kit and the remainder of his effects to her via the Great Eastern Railway Company. He also bequeathed small monetary gifts to his sister Emily Pattern and his cousin Anne Creasy, along with his golf clubs to William Hamp of Lincoln. The Estates Branch document was filled out by his father, who also received a cheque from the Chief Paymaster, Overseas Military Forces of Canada in the amount of "Twenty-two pounds, three shillings and ten pence" ($108.00). His father, Benjamin, received his medals and decorations, along with is Memorial Plaque and Scroll, while his mother received his Memorial Cross. Walter Creasy's older brother, John Creasy, was born on June 10, 1873 in Terrington, King's Lynn, Norfolk, England, the son of Mr. Benjamin Creasy and Mrs. Susan Creasy of Hay Green, Terrington, St. Clement, King's Lynn, Norfolk. He signed his Attestation Paper on July 9, 1915 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, naming his next-of-kin as his wife, Emma Creasy of Winnipeg, stating that he was with an Active Militia (100th Winnipeg Grenadiers), that he was married and that his trade was that of Store Keeper. His signing took place only four days after that of his brother's in Fredericton.