A First War Canadian Portrait and Medals to the 3rd Infantry
A First War Canadian Portrait and Medals to the 3rd Infantry Battalion (Extra Shipping Charge); British War Medal (1024381 PTE. C.J. SCHOFIELD. 3-CAN.INF.); and Victory Medal (1024381 PTE. C.J. SCHOFIELD. 3-CAN.INF.). Naming is officially impressed. Un-mounted, original ribbons but are transposed, ribbon on the VM is reverse mounted, each with French-style dual prongs, dark patina on the BWM, light surface wear evident on the obverse and edges on both medals, better than very fine. Accompanied by a large Studio Portrait of the Private Schofield in his 234th Infantry Battalion Uniform: colourized black and white, convex, the uniform in green, the buttons and insignia in yellow and the background in red, 343 mm x 495 mm, under a matching convex glass cover, in a gold-coloured 65 mm wide wooden frame, the raised image of a left-facing beaver framed by crossed flags and flanked by clusters of maple leaves at the top, a ribbon banner inscribed "CANADA" flanked by clusters of maple leaves at the bottom, the frame measuring 178 mm x 630 mm, a wire strung horizontally between two loops on the reverse for wall hanging, with scattered chips and extremely fine. Footnote: Christopher John Schofield was born on October 13, 1898 in Southampton, Hampshire, England. He was a resident of Weston, Ontario when he signed his Attestation Paper as a Private (1024381) with the 234th Infantry Battalion "Peel Battalion", on October 19, 1916, at Ravina Barracks in Toronto, Ontario, six days after his eighteenth birthday, naming his next-of-kin as his mother, Emily Schofield of Seven Kings, Essex, England, stating that he had no previous military service, that he was not married and that his trade was that of Farm Hand. It was noted during his medical examination that he had "Slight flat foot but good muscular power." The Battalion was raised in Central Ontario with mobilization headquarters at Toronto under the authority of G.O. 69, July 15, 1916. The Battalion sailed April 18, 1917 under the the command of Lieutenant-Colonel W. Wallace with a strength of 15 officers and 279 other ranks. In England, the Battalion was absorbed into the 12th Reserve Battalion. Private Schofield was later transferred to the 3rd Infantry Battalion "Toronto Regiment" in the field and survived the war.