A Colonial Auxiliary Forces Officers Decoration Grenadier Regiment
A Colonial Auxiliary Forces Officers Decoration Grenadier Regiment; to Major John A. O'Donahoe, 51st Infantry Battalion, 21st Infantry Battalion: Description: Silver gilt, George V (MAJOR J.A. O'DONAHOE GREN. REGT.). Naming is officially impressed on the reverse. Original ribbon with pinback hanger, better than very fine. In its hardshelled case of issue, maker marked "Royal Mint" on the inside lid, recessed medal bed, labelled on the bottom, case near fine. Accompanied by copies of his Index Cards, Officers' Declaration Paper, Service Records, Pay Records, Medical Records, Discharge Certificates, Record of Service, Department of Veteran Affairs Death Notification and assorted research material. Footnote: John Arthur O'Donahoe was born on July 19, 1887 in Brockville, Ontario. He was appointed to the rank of Captain while with the 51st Battalion at Edmonton on January 1, 1915 and promoted to the rank of Major with pay on March 19, 1915. He signed his Officers' Declaration Paper as a member of the 51st Infantry Battalion "Edmonton Regiment" on October 29, 1915 at Sarcee Camp in Calgary, Alberta, naming his next-of-kin as his wife, Alice O'Donohoe of Edmonton, stating that he had previous military service with the 41st Regiment, Brockville Rifles (1904 to 1908) and the 101st Regiment, Edmonton Fusiliers (1914 to 1915) and that his trade was that of Accountant. The Battalion sailed March 4, 1916 with a strength of 37 officers, including O'Donahoe and 1,055 other ranks under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel R. De L. Harwood. O'Donahoe was appointed Adjutant on June 12, 1916, ceasing to be Adjutant on July 5th and was to be Brigade Major of the 7th Canadian Training Brigade on August 30th. He ceased to be Brigade Major of the 7th Canadian Training Brigade on attachment to the General Duty Battalion on November 7th and was also temporarily attached to the 7th Canadian Training Brigade on November 10th. He was named Camp Commandant at Mytchett Camp on November 29th. On March 8, 1917, he proceeded to France and was attached to the 21st Infantry Battalion in the field for instructional purposes, in addition to being taken on strength as a Supernumerary to Establishment on the 20th while with the 21st Infantry Battalion. O'Donohoe was at the Battle of Vimy Ridge when he suffered a gun shot wound (shrapnel) to his left thigh (leg) on May 31, 1917. He was evacuated from the front line for treatment and reported from General Headquarters, wounded on June 1st. He was subsequently invalided to England and taken on strength at the Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot on June 6th, where he was admitted to the Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire, Canadian Red Cross Hospital for Officers, Hyde Park, where it was noted in his medical records that the "X-Ray shows small F.B. in soft tissues. patient walks without pain.". He was discharged on the 11th. O'Donohoe was placed On Command to the Director of Timber Operations in London on August 3, 1917 and ceased to be shown On Command to the Canadian Forestry Corps on the 19th. He was struck off strength off the Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot on reposting to the 6th Reserve Battalion on September 25, 1917. Three weeks later, he proceeded to London to report to Argyle House pending return to Canada, and shown to be On Command on October 15th. He was taken on strength at the Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot from the 6th Reserve Battalion and On Command to Headquarters, Overseas Military Forces of Canada, London, pending return to Canada on December 13th. He returned to Canada for disposal of Adjutant-General on November 17, 1917 and was taken on strength at Military District No. 3 in Kingston, Ontario. He was granted leave of absence with permission to proceed unofficially to the New York State School of Agriculture, Farmingdale, Long Island, beginning on February 1, 1918. O'Donohoe was discharged upon General Demobilization on August 1, 1919 at Military District No. 3 in Kingston, credited with having served in Canada, England and France with the 51st Infantry Battalion "Edmonton Regiment", the 7th Canadian Training Brigade, the 21st Infantry Battalion "Eastern Ontario Regiment" and the 6th Reserve Battalion. He received his Colonial Auxiliary Forces Officers' Decoration by General Order 174 (Canada Gazette, page 854, September 14, 1940, while with the R.O. (formerly the Gren. Regt.)). He died on May 9, 1963 at Kingston General Veterans' Pavilion, Kingston, Ontario, at the age of 75.