A First War Canadian Medal Pair to the 2nd Infantry Battalion
A First War Canadian Medal Pair to the 2nd Infantry Battalion - British War Medal (454460 PTE. J.H. KEARNS. 2-CAN.INF.); Victory Medal (454460 PTE. J.H. KEARNS. 2-CAN.INF.); Canadian Volunteer Service Medal with Overseas Clasp (un-named); and War Medal 1939-1945 (un-named). Naming is officially named on the WWI pair. Un-mounted, light contact, surface wear on the BWM, green residue on the latter three medals from cleaning and storage, very fine. Accompanied by a copy of his Attestation Paper. Footnote: James H. Kearns was born on January 19, 1891 in Ottawa, Ontario. He signed his Attestation Paper with the 59th Infantry Battalion on June 17, 1916 in Ottawa, at the age of 25, naming his next-of-kin as his father, J.J. Kearns of Ottawa, stating that his previous military service consisted of two camps with the 56th Regiment, that he was Single and that his trade was that of Plasterer. The Battalion was raised in Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec under the authority of G.O. 103A, August 15, 1915. The mobilization headquarters was near Kingston at Barriefield, Ontario. The Battalion left Canada April 5, 1916 with a strength of 36 officers and 1,073 other ranks under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel H.J. Dawson. In England, the Battalion was absorbed into the 39th Infantry Battalion. Kearns was later transferred to the 2nd Infantry Battalion as a reinforcement. He also served during WWII.