A Canadian Military Medal for Actions at the Battle of Amiens
A Canadian Military Medal for Actions at the Battle of Amiens - (153 GNR: P.J. HOWARD. 8/A. BDE: CAN: F.A.). Naming is officially impressed. Light contact and surface wear, better than very fine. Accompanied by copies of his Index Cards, Attestation Paper, Service Records, Medical Records, Pay Records and Discharge Certificates. Footnote: Percival John Howard was born on June 8, 1895 in York Township, Ontario. He enlisted with the 2nd Divisional Signal Corps, signing his Attestation Paper on May 12, 1915 in Toronto, Ontario, at the age of 19, naming his next-of-kin as his father, Walter D. Howard of Toronto, stating that he currently belonged to an Active Militia, the 2nd Field Company, Canadian Engineers, that he was not married and that his trade was that of Bank Clerk. He arrived in the United Kingdom aboard the S.S. Megantic on May 24, 1915. Three months after arriving in the U.K., he was hospitalized for eight days at the Military Hospital at Shorncliffe with a case of the "Scabbies", from August 11 to 19, 1915, and issued with Anti-Typhoid inoculations. Early in the new year, he was mobilized for service in the French theatre, embarking the U.K. on January 10, 1916 and arriving in Le Havre on the 11th. Upon arrival, he was taken on strength by the Canadian Army Veterinary Corps at the 1st Canadian Divisional Veterinary Hospital. After twenty-two months with the 1st Canadian Divisional Veterinary Hospital, he was transferred to the Canadian General Base Depot on November 20, 1917, followed a week later by a transfer to the Canadian Field Artillery Pool on the 27th. Twelve days later, Howard departed for the Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp on December 9th, where he would remain for the next ten weeks, before being attached to the Canadian Corps Artillery Pool for duty with the Canadian Field Artillery Brigade, Park Section, on February 24, 1918. Two months after arriving at the Canadian Corps Artillery Pool, he was attached to the 8th Army Brigade, Canadian Field Artillery as a Gunner, on April 17, 1918 and would soon see action, especially in the Fall of 1918. Howard was awarded the Military Medal for bravery in the field during the Battle of Amiens, as mentioned in the Fourth Supplement to the London Gazette 30962 of Friday, October 18, 1918, on Monday, October 21, 1918, page 12420. The following Spring, he proceeded to England on March 11, 1919, embarking Liverpool for Canada three months later, aboard the R.M.S. Scotian on June 11th. He was taken on strength at No. 2 District Depot in Toronto, Ontario on June 11, 1919 and was discharged upon demobilization on June 23rd, entitled to wear the War Service Badge, Class "A", number 224038. For his First World War Service, he was awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and the Victory Medal, the whereabouts of which are unknown.