A Father & Son Medal Group; Canadian Machine Gun Brigade
Group to Private Alfred Sidney Saunders, 3rd Battalion, Canadian Machine Gun Brigade (father): British War Medal (663038 PTE. S.A. SAUNDERS. C.M.G. BDE); and Victory Medal (663038 PTE. S.A. SAUNDERS. C.M.G. BDE). Naming is officially impressed. Mounted to a suspension with swing bar pinback, as worn by the veteran, soiled original ribbons, slight discolouration on the obverse from tape residue, light contact, better than very fine. Accompanied by two Identification Tags (bakelite, one octangular and one round, measuring 33.7 mm x 39 mm and 34.5 mm respectively, stamped "663038 A.S. SAUNDERS M.G.C. 3. BN P."), his CEF For Service At The Front Badge (bronze gilt and enamels, numbered "354453" on the reverse, 22.2 mm, screwback, enamel chipping evident), his Canadian Legion British Empire Service League Pin (bronze and enamels, maker marked "C. LAMOND MONTREAL" on the reverse, 11.8 mm x 15.5 mm, screwback), his Canadian Corps Reunion Toronto 1938 Badge (bronze and red enamels, maker marked "C.E. CLENDENNING TORONTO" on the reverse, 22.2 mm x 22.7 mm, screwback), a First World War Period Lighter (brass, ornate design on the exterior, spinning striker wheel and wick intact, 38.7 mm x 51.3 mm x 10.3 mm), a Southend-on-Sea Education Committee Medal (silver, impressed "S. SAUNDERS 1908" on the reverse, original frayed ribbon with pinback hanger), and a Southend-on-Sea Education Committee Regular Attendance Medal (silvered bronze, impressed "SIDNEY . SAUNDERS" and dated "1905" on the reverse, 39.3 mm, suspension hole drilled at the top). Group to Sergeant W.G. Saunders, Royal Canadian Army Service Corps (son): Defence Medal, France and Germany Star; Canadian Volunteer Service Medal with Overseas Clasp; and War Medal 1939-1945. Un-named, un-mounted, original ribbons, dark patinas on the DM and WM, near extremely fine. Accompanied by two Identification Tags (bakelite, one octangular and one round, measuring 33.7 mm x 39 mm and 34.5 mm respectively, stamped "B83271 SGT. W.G. SAUNDERS U.C. CDN"), his General Service Badge (sterling silver with red and blue enamels, numbered "356619" on the reverse, 15 mm x 22.5 mm, screwback) and his Royal Canadian Army Service Corps (sterling silver, with a sterling silver and enamelled insignia affixed to the front, marked "STERLING" on the inside, face plate measuring 12.8 mm x 14.2 mm, 21.7 mm in diameter). Also included is a King Edward VII Coronation Commemorative Medal (sepia-toned photo in a circular brass frame, 31 mm, original ribbon with bronze hanger inscribed "CROWNED 1902", vertical pinback) and a Southend-on-Sea Queen Victoria Diamond Jubilee Commemorative Medal (white metal, 39 mm, ring suspension, bruised). Footnote: Alfred Sidney Saunders was born on May 20, 1896 in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England. He was a resident of Hamilton, Ontario, when he signed his CEF Attestation Paper as a Private (663038) with the 164th Infantry Battalion "Halton and Dufferin Battalion", on December 21, 1915, in Burlington, Ontario, at the age of 19, naming his next-of-kin as his mother, Charlotte Saunders of Hamilton, stating that he had no previous military service, that he was not married and that his trade was that of Baker. He later transferred to the 3rd Battalion, Canadian Machine Gun Brigade and served in the French and Belgian theatres. His son, Sergeant W.G. Saunders (B83271) was issued his service number at No. 2 District Depot in Toronto, Ontario and served with the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps during the Second World War.