A First War Canadian Group to the 5th Mounted Rifles
A First War Canadian Group to the 5th Mounted Rifles - 1914-15 Star (110157 Pte. H.W. PINCHER. 5/CAN:MTD:RIF:); British War Medal (110157 PTE. H.W. PINCHER. 5-C.M.R.); and Victory Medal (110157 PTE. H.W. PINCHER. 5-C.M.R.). Naming is officially impressed. Un-mounted, dark patina on the BWM, residue in the recessed areas of the Star from cleaning, light contact, very fine. Accompanied by a 5th Canadian Mounted Rifles Cap Badge (pickled copper with red and green enamels, 42.7 mm x 43 mm, replacement pinback) and Boxing Medal (two-piece construction, silver, hallmarked with a British lion, an anchor (made in Birmingham), date marked "k" (1909) and maker marked "M.E." on the reverse, 43 mm x 54.5 mm), along with copies of his Index Cards, Attestation Paper, Service Records, Medical Records and Discharge Certificates. Footnote: Henry William Fincher was born on May 20, 1893 in London, England. He signed his Attestation Paper with the 5th Canadian Mounted Rifles, on February 10, 1915, in Montreal, Quebec, at the age of 21, naming his next-of-kin as his wife, Sadie Marion Fincher, stating that he had no previous military service, that he was married and that his trade was that of Storekeeper. It is worthy to note that on his Medical History Sheet dated May 25, 1915, his trade is identified as that of Teamster. After training at Valcartier, he left Canada on July 29, 1915 for Great Britain. After almost three months preparation, he embarked for France on October 24, 1915. Twenty-eight months later, while on leave from France, Fincher was posted to the Quebec Regional Depot at Bramshott and subsequently admitted to Queen Alexandra Military Hospital on February 15, 1918. He had previously suffered a wound to his jaw, causing an abscess, but it had not been previously treated and was causing him problems. Two weeks later, he was transferred to the Military Convalescent Hospital at Epsom on February 28th, where he was to remain before being transferred on April 2nd to the Manor (County of London) War Hospital at Epsom. After fifteen weeks treatment, he was transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital, Woodcote Park at Epsom on July 17th, then discharged onSeptember 2nd. He was posted to the 2nd Canadian Convalescent Depot at Bramshott on September 2nd, then taken on strength by the 23rd Canadian Reserve Battalion on October 25, 1918. He was to be Lance Corporal, unpaid, as of May 12, 1919. Upon the ceasing of hostilities and the war having come to a close, he embarked Liverpool on June 26, 1919 aboard the S.S. Baltic for Canada, arriving in Halifax, Nova Scotia on July 4th. Fincher was discharged upon demobilization at Dispersal Station "F", Military District No. 4, in Montreal, Quebec, on July 7, 1919, entitled to wear the War Service Badge, Class "A", number 295321 and credited with having served forty months in France. For his First World War service, he was awarded the 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.