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A First War Canadian St.George Cross Recipient

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A First War Canadian St.George Cross Recipient

A First War Canadian St.George Cross Recipient - 1914-15 Star (unnamed); British War Medal (19397 PTE. F. FETCHOCK. 3-CAN.INF.); Victory Medal (unnamed); and Russian St. George Cross, 4th Class. Naming is impressed on the BWM, unnamed on the Star and has been shaved on the VM. Un-mounted, light contact, St. George on its original ribboned five-sided suspension with pinback, faint naming visible on the VM, extremely fine. Accompanied by a Good Conduct Stripe, along with copies of his Index Cards, Attestation Paper, Service Records, Medical Records, Discharge Certificate, Department of Veterans Affairs Canadian Army Record of Service and Department of Veterans Affairs Death Notification.   Footnote: Frederick Fetchock was born in 1892 in Rebohorothos, Russia. He enlisted with the 101st Regiment (Edmonton Fusiliers) on August 27, 1914, then signed his CEF Attestation Paper on September 22, 1914 in Edmonton, Alberta with the 9th Infantry Battalion, naming his next-of-kin as his mother, Mrs. Kacnia Fetchock of Bobohorothoe, Russia, stating that he belonged to an active militia, that he was not married and that his trade was that of Labourer. The Battalion sailed October 3, 1914 with a strength of 44 officers and 1,101 other ranks under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel S.M. Rogers. Fetchock was approved for service on October 14, 1914 on H.M.S. Zealand. Once in England, the Battalion was re-designated the 9th Reserve Battalion and formed part of the Canadian Training Depot, located at Tidworth. It was here that he was transferred to the 3rd Infantry Battalion and by late summer, was sent to the French theatre on July 31, 1915. The following Spring, he was admitted to No. 1 Canadian Field Ambulance in the field on March 14, 1916, then transferred the next day to the 1st Canadian Division Convalescent Company, suffering from "flat feet" (a postural deformity, in which the arch of the foot collapses, with the entire sole of the foot coming into complete or near-complete contact with the ground). It had been a pre-existing condition, one that had existed before he joined the Army but the trenches and marching in France had made it intolerable. It did not allow him to continue to do route marches either. He was subsequently classified "P.B." by a Medical Board at No. 1 Canadian General at Etaples, where he had been for seven weeks, since August 25, 1916. In the Fall, he was invalided to England and was taken on strength at the Canadian Base Depot at Shoreham on October 17th, then transferred to the Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre on October 26th, before continuing his treatment and convalescence at the Canadian Convalescent Hospital, Woodcote Park at Epsom beginning on November 7th. In his Medical Report of an Invalid, dated November 13, 1916 at Woodcote Park, it noted that his "flat feet" condition "bothered him" once he got to France, where marching became impossible. After having endured eight months of treatment, at various facilities, he was discharged on November 22nd and placed with the 1st Central Ontario Depot for Garrison Duty. He was to spend the remainder of the war in England. The year 1917 began well for Fetchock, as he was awarded the St. George Cross, 4th Class by the Imperial Russian Government, who honoured their former compatriots for fighting with other forces during the war. He was one of ninety-nine Canadians and one of only six of the 3rd Infantry Battalion to be so honoured and was cited for the award in the London Gazette of February 15, 1917. He was transferred to the 3rd Canadian Convalescent Depot in Hastings on May 7, 1917 and is documented as having continued to have been monitored and treated for "flat feet" in June, September and December 1917. He was placed on command with the 12th Reserve Battalion on April 18, 1918, then transferred two weeks later to the Canadian Forestry Corps, District 53 on May 4th, where he was to serve for the next three and half months before being transferred to the Canadian Forestry Corps, District 54 on August 29th. It was while he was with CFC, District 54 that he was awarded one Good Conduct Stripe on September 22, 1918. By the end of 1918, he was transferred to the Convalescent Wing at Kinmel Park Camp, preparing for embarkation to Canada, which took place on January 9, 1919. Fetchock was discharged upon demobilization from active service on February 7, 1919, at Military District No. 4, in Montreal, Quebec, credited with having served in Canada, the United Kingdom and France. He died on December 6, 1971 at Queen Mary Veterans Hospital in Montreal, Quebec, at the age of 79.
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