A First War Group to the 27th Battalion; Shell Shocked at Vimy
A First War Group to the 27th Battalion; Shell Shocked at Vimy - 1914-15 Star (431151 Pte S.E. HEALD. 27/CAN:INF:); British War Medal (431151 PTE. S.E. HEALD. 27-CAN.INF.); and Victory Medal (431151 PTE. S.E. HEALD. 27-CAN.INF.). Naming is officially impressed. Un-mounted, cleaned, original ribbons, near extremely fine. Accompanied by copies of his Index Cards, Attestation Paper, Service Records, Medical Records, Pay Records and Discharge Certificates. Footnote: Sydney Earle Heald was born on October 13, 1892 in Victoria, British Columbia. He signed his Attestation Paper with the 48th Infantry Battalion in Victoria, on June 18, 1915, naming his next-of-kin as his father, Sydney Joseph Heald of Esquimalt, British Columbia, stating that he had previous military service with the Territorials, that he was not married and that his trade was that of Electrician. The Battalion was raised in British Columbia under the authority of G.O. 86, July 1, 1915, with the mobilization headquarters at Victoria. The Battalion sailed July 1, 1915 aboard the R.M.S. Grampian, with a strength of 38 officers and 1,020 other ranks, under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel W.J.H. Holmes. In England, the Battalion was re-designated the 3rd Pioneer Battalion (48th Canadians) and served in France and Belgium with the 3rd Canadian Division. Heard was transferred to the 27th Battalion on September 10, 1915 and posted to "A" Company. One week later, he embarked for the French theatre on September 17th, disembarking at Boulogne on the 18th. The following Spring, he was attached to a Stokes Mortar Battery as a Gunner on April 13, 1916. He was admitted "sick" to No. 1 Convalescent Depot at Boulogne on June 6, 1916, but no other details are available, and was discharged to Base Details on the 19th. Early in the new year, Heard was in action and suffered gun shot (shrapnel) wounds to his chest and right thumb. He was admitted to No. 4 Field Ambulance on January 9, 1917, where he remained hospitalized until March 17th, when he was transferred to No. 12 Stationary Hospital St. Pol and quarantined with a mild case of the mumps, before rejoining his unit on April 3rd. The following week, he suffered a case of Shell Shock while at Vimy Ridge on April 9th. It was determined by medical authorities that he be transferred to England pending transport to Canada on May 2nd, arriving in the United Kingdom on the 4th. He was granted leave from May 26, 1917 to August 15, 1917 and returned to Canada aboard the H.M.T.S. Justicia on June 7, 1917. In his Medical History of an Invalid, dated September 5, 1917, it noted that the "Patient (was) in a nervous state, is unable to concentrate his attention. Fatigues on slight exertion such as bending up and down a few times, when heart action becomes rapid pulse. Sleep is disturbed at night and he finds it troublesome to get to sleep." He was still declared medically fit to return to action in Europe, returning to England aboard the S.S. Megantic from Halifax, Nova Scotia on September 10, 1917. Upon return, Heard was placed with the Manitoba Regimental Depot, then posted to the 11th Reserve Battalion at Dibgate on January 15, 1918. He was admitted to No. 14 Canadian General at Eastbourne, Sussex with a sprained left ankle on May 24, 1918, treated for seventeen days before being discharged on June 10th. He was also awarded one Good Conduct Badge on July 31st. Heard was struck off strength of the Manitoba Regimental Depot to the 27th Infantry Battalion on September 5, 1918 and once again proceeded overseas to the French theatre, joining his unit on the 6th. A month later, he was in action and suffered a gun shot wound (shrapnel) to his right arm on October 2, 1918. He was invalided to England and posted to the Manitoba Regimental Depot on October 4th. Two days later, he was admitted to Fort Pitt Military Hospital at Chatham onOctober 6th, then transferred to the Military Convalescent Hospital, Woodcote Park at Epsom on November 23rd for additional treatment before being discharged on December 2nd. Upon discharge, he was struck off strength to the 11th Reserve Battalion and after two weeks, with the ceasing of hostilities, was placed on command at the Canadian Concentration Camp at Kinmel Park pending dispatch to Canada on December 16th. Heard returned to Canada on January 13, 1919 and was taken on strength at District Depot No. 11, Hastings Park, Vancouver, British Columbia. He was discharged upon demobilization at District Depot, Military District No. 11 in Vancouver, on February 19, 1919, credited with having served twice in France and eligible to wear the War Service Badge, Class "A", number 61173.