A Canadian Military Medal & Canal du Nord Casualty Grouping
A Canadian Military Medal & Canal du Nord Casualty Grouping - Military Medal, George V (201352 Pte. E. CRADDOCK 3/BN: I/C. ONT: R.); British War Medal (201352 PTE. E. CRADDOCK. 3-CAN.INF.); and Victory Medal (201352 PTE. E. CRADDOCK. 3-CAN.INF.). Naming is officially impressed. Un-mounted, light contact, cleaned, glue residue on the reverse of the VM from previous board mounting, very fine. Accompanied by his Memorial Plaque (EDWARD CRADDOCK) with original envelope, cardboard container and sympathy letter from Buckingham Palace; his Scroll (mounted to a cardboard backer); a 3rd Canadian Infantry Battalion Toronto Regiment Cap Badge (browning brass, voided, 43.2 mm x 51.8, intact lugs and pin); along with copies of his Index Cards, Attestation Paper, Service Records, Medical Records, Casualty Report and Military Will. Footnote: Edward Craddock was born on January 15, 1896 in Belleville, Ontario, the son of Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Craddock. He signed his Attestation Paper as a Private with the 95th Infantry Battalion, on November 1, 1915 in Toronto, Ontario, at the age of 19, naming his next-of-kin as his mother, Mrs. Joseph Craddock (which was later changed to his wife, Bertha Craddock), stating that he had three years' previous military service in the 15th Battalion, City of Belleville Regiment, that he was not married and that his trade was that of Labourer. The Battalion was raised and mobilized in Toronto, Ontario under the authority of G.C. 151, December 22, 1915. The Battalion sailed May 31, 1916 aboard the S.S. Olympic, under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel R.K. Barker with a strength of 36 officers and 1,061 other ranks, arriving in England on June 8th. Once in England, the Battalion was absorbed into the 5th Reserve Battalion. Craddock was drafted to the 3rd Infantry Battalion (Central Ontario Regiment) at Shorncliffe on October 4, 1916, taken on strength the following day. He left for his new unit on the 15th, joining them in the field on the 17th. The following Spring, Craddock was in action at Willerval, as documented in the 3rd Battalion War Diary of April 25, 1917: "2 strong patrols out, consisting of 15 men, each clearing enemy from "No Mans" land and examining enemy wire from 12 midnight til 3.40 am. They report wire is in fair shape. Lieut J. Beaumont's party was fired on, suffering casualties to the extent of 3 O.R. Missing and 1 wounded." One of the missing was Private Craddock. A few days later, he suffered a penetrating gun shot (shrapnel) wound to his right thigh, along with enduring a case of "trench feet" and was admitted to No. 3 Canadian Field Ambulance on April 28th. He was transferred to No. 32 Stationary Hospital at Wimereux on April 30th and after three days, was declared "Dangerously Ill" on May 3rd. However, his fortunes began to turn for the better, as he was removed from the Dangerously Ill List two days later. He was invalided to England and admitted to the Edinburgh War Hospital Bangour West Lothian on May 6th, where he would be treated for the next five weeks, until his transfer to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital Woodcote Park at Epsom, Surrey on June 12th. The following day, the 13th, he was admitted to the Manor (County of London) War Hospital at Epsom, where his rehabilitation would continue for another three months, before seeing a final transfer, this time to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital at Epsom on September 12th. While convalescing at CCH, it was noted in an official report that, "while on active service (Craddock was) absent without leave from Tattoo on September 23rd". The result of his wrongdoing was a sentencing to three days confinement to base. After almost six months hospitalization, Craddock was discharged from hospital on October 12th, then taken on strength of the 12th Reserve Battalion at East Sandling upon his release. He was struck off strength to the 3rd Infantry Battalion on March 29, 1918, arriving at the Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp in France on April 2nd and returning to the 3rd Battalion on August 17th. Six weeks later, Craddock was killed in an attack across from Canal du Nord, west of Haynecourt, during the Battle of the Hindenburg Line, on September 27, 1918. In the Circumstances of Casualty, it is stated he "Had reached the objective and was looking for a place to sleep, when an enemy shell landed nearby and he was hit in the chest by a piece of shrapnel which instantly killed him." He is buried and remembered with honour at Haynecourt British Cemetery, North France, Grave Reference: I. C. 24 and is commemorated on page 390 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. 201352 Private Edward Craddock, 3rd Infantry Battalion, 1st Company, Ontario Regiment was awarded the Military Medal posthumously, for bravery in the field, on May 8, 1919, as mentioned in the Third Supplement to the London Gazette 31430 of Tuesday, July 1, 1919, on Thursday, July 3, 1919, page 8340, with no citation stated. The medal was awarded under authority of First Division Order 5647, November 9, 1918, for his actions at the Drocourt-Queant Line during Second Arras, September 2-3, 1918, less than four weeks before he was killed at Canal du Nord. In his handwritten Military Will, dated August 14, 1916, he wrote "In the event of my death I give the whole of my property and effects to my wife, Mrs. Bertha Craddock, 3 Clifford Street, Toronto Ont. Canada". As his widow, she received his Military Medal, British War Medal and Victory Medal, along with his Memorial Plaque, Scroll and Memorial Cross.