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A First Canadian Meritorious Service Group to the 5th Battalion Consignment #36

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A First Canadian Meritorious Service Group to the 5th Battalion Consignment #36

A First Canadian Meritorious Service Group to the 5th Battalion - 1914-15 Star (13279 Pte D SAWYER. 5/CAN:INF:); British War Medal (13279 SGT. D. SAWYER. 5-CAN.INF.); Victory Medal (13279 SGT. D. SAWYER. 5-CAN.INF.); and Meritorious Service Medal (13279 SGT: D. SAWYER. 5/CAN:INF:). Naming is officially impressed. Un-mounted, very dark patinas on the silver medals, light contact, near extremely fine. Accompanied by copies of his Index Cards, Attestation Paper, Service Records, Medical Records, Discharge Certificates, page 7177 of the Third Supplement to the London Gazette 30750 of Friday, June 14, 1918, on Monday, June 17, 1918 (confirming his awarding of the Meritorious Service Medal) and assorted research papers.   Footnote: Darwin Sawyer was born on December 20, 1893 in Kingston, Ontario. He originally enlisted with the 31st Regiment (British Columbia Horse) on August 14, 1914, before being transferred to the 5th Infantry Battalion "Western Canadian Cavalry" on September 3, 1914. He signed his Attestation Paper as a Private with the 5th Infantry Battalion, on September 18, 1914, at Camp Valcartier, at the age of 20, naming his next-of-kin as his father, F.H. Sawyer of Kerrisdale (Vancouver), British Columbia, stating that he had no previous military service, that he was not married and that his trade was that of Teamster. The Battalion was raised in Western Canada with mobilization headquarters at Camp Valcartier, Quebec under the authority of P.C.O. 2067, August 6, 1914. The Battalion sailed October 3, 1914, with a strength of 45 officers and 1,095 other ranks under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel G.S. Tuxford. The Battalion served in France and Belgium with the 2nd Infantry Brigade, 1st Canadian Division. Four months later, Sawyer entered the French theatre on February 15, 1915 and is on record as having taken a Machine Gun Course at La Bourse on September 11th. He was admitted to No. 3 Canadian Field Ambulance with an "acute case of gonorrhea" on December 24, 1915, and spent the next four weeks being treated for the malady, shuffling between No. 2 Stationary Hospital, No. 2 Casualty Clearing Station and No. 20 General Hospital, before being discharged to camp details on January 21, 1916. Sawyer was hospitalized for a second time, as he was admitted to No. 2 Canadian Field Ambulance, suffering "dizziness" on May 5, 1916, his condition declared "N.Y.D." (Not Yet Determined). Ten days later, on May 15th, he was transferred to No. 5 Canadian Depot at Boulogne and designated "D.A.H." (Disordered Action of the Heart), remaining three weeks in hospital, before being discharged to Base Details on June 6th. Sawyer was appointed Lance Corporal on July 17, 1916, followed two months later by a posting to the Corps Bombing School for Instruction on September 10th and was promoted to Sergeant on October 1st. He was hospitalized a third time, admitted to No. 1 Canadian Field Ambulance on November 1, 1916 with a case of "Bronchitis", spending a week in hospital, before being discharged on November 7th and rejoining his unit. Four months later, he was admitted to No. 39 General Hospital at Le Havre on March 6, 1917, designated "N.Y.D. Slt." (Not Yet Determined, Slight), which was later changed to a diagnosis of "V.D.S." (venereal disease, gonorrhea), hospitalized for seven and a half weeks, his fourth and last visit to hospital during the war, before being discharged on April 28th and posted to the Reinforcement Depot at Le Havre. Sawyer was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, as announced in the Third Supplement to the London Gazette 30750 of Friday, June 14, 1918, on Monday, June 17, 1918, page 7177: "His Majesty the KING has been graciously pleased to approve of the award of the Meritorious Service Medal to the undermentioned Warrant Officers, Non-commissioned Officers and Men, in recognition of valuable services rendered with the Forces in France during the present war: -- 13279 Sjt. D. Sawyer, Inf." He left France on March 15, 1919, arriving in England and was posted to the Canadian Concentration Camp at Witley, "H" Wing, for return to Canada, on March 31st. Sawyer returned to Canada on April 10th and was discharged from active service upon demobilization at Military District No. 12, Dispersal Station "O", in Regina, Saskatchewan, on April 24, 1919, at the age of 25 and entitled to wear the War Service Badge, Class "A". (C:36)   
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