A Fine Victorian Medal Group to the Queen's Own Rifles of Canada
Fine Group of three to a high ranking Canadian Officer, Major Thomas Albert Edward World V.D., 10th Field Ambulance, C.A.M.C., comprising: North West Canada Medal naming is engraved (SERGt. T.A.E. WORLD Q.O.R.); Colonial Auxiliary Forces Long Service Medal, Victoria R., officially impressed (SERGEANT MAJOR. T.A.E WORLD. ARMY MEDICAL CORPS.); Colonial Auxiliary Forces Officers Decoration, George V.R., officially impressed (Hon. Capt. & Qr. Mr. T.A.E. World No.10 Field Ambulance A.M.C.), also hallmarked; all have crisp detail, about extremely fine condition, board mounted. In addition, board mounted separately as pair are the North West Field Force 50th Anniversary Medal (bronze, 30 mm) and the Queen's Own Rifles 50th Anniversary Medal (sterling silver, hallmarked, 27 mm). Both with beautiful patinas, extremely fine condition. Accompanying this fine group are the Queen's Own Rifles of Canada Association hardcover programme from 1932, along with a dinner menu from the King Edward Hotel, Toronto, dated Saturday, November 19, 1932, both in very fine condition, along with a one sheet biography of World. Footnote: Thomas Albert Edward World was born April 5, 1865. "Tommy" World was a Sergeant in the Queen's Own Rifles at age 20, under Lieutenant Colonel Otter, whose column went to the relief of Battleford, which was under siege by Poundmaker and his Indian band. With the approach of Otter, Poundmaker retired to Kut Knife Ridge. Otter followed and a stand off battle was fought. The losses to the Queen's Own Rifles were eight killed and thirteen wounded. The North West Canada Medal was awarded October 20, 1885. In January 1918, the Army List shows that World was entitled to the Medal with clasp. World later achieved the ranks of Honourable Captain & Quartermaster (January 1918), Honourable Major & Quartermaster (April 1916) and then was transferred to the retired Officers List (February 1921). World was very active and concerned for his Regiment and those who had served in it. He helped organize the Queen's Own Rifles Association and became its third President. During his term of office, he instituted a campaign to raise money for a Memorial to the Fallen Comrades of the Regiment.