A First War Group to a Military Medal Recipient & KIA at Amiens
A First War Group to a Military Medal Recipient & KIA at Amiens; 1914-15 Star (436130 Pte G. EARLE. 4/CAN:INF:); British War Medal (436130 SJT. G. EARLE. 4-CAN.INF.); and Victory Medal (436130 SJT. G. EARLE. 4-CAN.INF.). Naming is officially impressed. Un-mounted, original ribbons, cleaned, extremely fine. Accompanied by copies of his Index Cards, Attestation Paper, Service Records, Medical Records, Pay Records, Military Medal Citation, along with a photograph of his gravestone at Caix British Cemetery. Footnote: George Earle was born on September 16, 1888 in Nettlebed, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England, the son of George John Earle and Sarah Earle. He signed his Attestation Paper with the 51st Infantry Battalion "Edmonton Regiment" in Edmonton, Alberta, on January 5, 1915, naming his wife, Isabel Earle, of Suite 41, Bernard Block, Jasper Avenue East, Edmonton, as his next-of-kin, stating that he had previous military service with the 101st Battalion, that he was married and that his trade was that of Labourer. The Battalion was raised and mobilized in Edmonton, Alberta under the authority of G.O. 86, July 1, 1915. The Battalion sailed April 18, 1916 with a strength of 37 officers and 1,055 other ranks under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel R. De L. Harwood. Once in England, the Battalion was used for Garrison Duty. Earle was transferred from the 51st Battalion on June 28, 1915, drafted to the 4th Battalion and taken on strength in France on August 3rd. He was to see four promotions: appointed Lance Corporal with pay on July 13, 1916, to be Corporal on December 15, 1916, appointed Acting Sergeant with pay on May 9, 1917, then named Sergeant on May 21st. Earle was awarded his Military Medal on November 19, 1917, for actions that took place in August 1917, documented on September 21, 1917 by R.O. 3327. Macdonell and cited in the London Gazette 30389: "For conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty, on 15th to 21st August 1917. On the night of the 17th/18th Aug Sgt EARLE was completely buried but was dug out, badly bruised and shaken. He refused to be evacuated and remained on duty with his Platoon the remainder of the tour. On the night of the 16th/17th when his Company took over the newly won position, he reconnoitred and eventually got in touch with the Battalion on our flank, keeping up communication throughout the tour." (A.F.W.3121 3-9-17). He was Killed in Action on August 8, 1918, during the Battle of Amiens, at the age of 29 and is buried at Caix British Cemetery, Somme, France, Grave Reference: I. G. 2. His Military Medal, along with his trio of medals, scroll and memorial plaque were forwarded to his wife, Isabel, along with his Memorial Cross. His mother, Sarah, also received his Memorial Cross. A War Service Gratuity of $95.00 was also paid to his wife in 1920.