A First War Group to the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders
A First War Group to the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders; Purchased directly from the family; 1914-15 Star (S-5502. PTE. J. RITCHIE. A. & S. HIGHRS.); British War and Victory Medals (S-5502 PTE. J. RITCHIE. A. & S. HIGHRS.). Naming is officially impressed on all three. Dark patinas, original ribbons, light contact, oxidation on VM, very fine. Accompanied by two pinback ribbon bars of same. Also includes two WWI Soldier's Service Pay Books; Protection Certificate and Certificate of Identity, dated April 23, 1919 at Newarthill; Certificate on Transfer to Reserve on Demoblization, dated May 21, 1919; Canadian Corps Pin (silvered bronze and enamels, 12 mm x 13.4 mm); British Empire Service League Canadian Legion Pin (bronze and enamels, 12.5 mm x 16.5 mm); Booklet entitled "At Sulva Bay and On The Salonika Front 1915-1918" by Home Guard, published 1944; two group photographs taken in front of Lever Brothers Limited office entrance in Toronto (one board mounted, the other framed); Lever Brothers Limited Beret (LBL maple leaf insignia, size 6 7/8, dated 1946, Muir Cap & Regalia Toronto manufacturer's insignia); Orange Lodge Sash (purple backed yellow ribbon, silver bullion and tassel trimmed, with two rosettes and twelve silver insignia attached); Lodge Black Sash (marked "741", initialled "R.B.P", multicoloured striping, moire, gold bullion tassels); Highlanders Klit Badge (in silver, stone in centre, engraved, 59.4 mm, pinback); and three paper bills (Canadian 25 Cents dated January 2nd 1900, Greek Drachma dated 1917 (issued 1918), Russian Rouble dated 1898). A terrifice personal collection, better than very fine. Footnote: John Ritchie was born in 1895 and enlisted September 12, 1914 at the age of nineteen with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlnaders, serving with them until 1919. He emigrated to Canada in 1929 and was a bodyguard at Lever Brothers Limited in Toronto, as well as being a member of the Orange Lodge. Ritchie passed away in 1964.