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eMedals-A First War M.M. for the Battle of Amiens

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A First War M.M. for the Battle of Amiens

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A First War M.M. for the Battle of Amiens

Military Medal (464561 Cpl C.B. DIPLOCK. 7/CAN:INF:); British War Medal (naming erased); and Victory Medal (LIEUT. C.B. DIPLOCK.). Naming is officially impressed on the MM and VM. Un-mounted, original ribbons, cleaned, light contact, near extremely fine. Accompanied by his original Certificate of Service, Officer Appointment Certificate (naming Diplock as an Acting Warrant Officer 2nd Class, dated May 31, 1920), Officer Appointment Certificate (naming Diplock as a Lieutenant, dated June 9, 1919, stamped "Temporary" and "32678"), CEF Bayonet Fighting and Physical Training Attendance Certificate (signed and dated January 26, 1917 at Garrison Gymnasium, Shorncliffe, Canadian Training Division), Physical Training Certificate (signed and dated September 20, 1917), two Letters Regarding Diplock's Employment as a Physical Education Instructor (dated March 1 and May 3, 1918, respectively), CEF Discharge Instructions Letter, War Service Badge Certificate, Military Medal Congratulatory Certificate (addressed to Diplock and signed by General Sir H.S. Rawlinson, dated August 30, 1918) and Army Orders List by General Sir H.S. Rawlinson (identifying Diplockas an Military Medal recipient), along with copies of his Index Cards, Attestation Paper, Service Records, Medical Records, Pay Records and Discharge Certificate, Telegrams, along with various letters and correspondence. Footnote: Cyril Bramah Diplock was born on January 6, 1896 in Vancouver, British Columbia. He signed his Attestation Paper with 62nd Infantry Battalion "British Columbia Battalion" on December 6, 1915 in Vancouver, at the age of 19 and enlisting as a Private, naming his next-of-kin as his mother, Mrs. Diplock of Capilano, stating that he had no previous military service, that he was not married and that his trade was that of Draughtsman (Draftsman). The Battalion was raised in Southern British Columbia under the authority of G.O. 103A, August 15, 1915, with mobilization headquarters at Vancouver. The Battalion sailed March 23, 1916 from Halifax, Nova Scotia aboard the S.S. Baltic, under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel J. Hulme with a strength of 36 officers and 1,037 other ranks, arriving in England on April 10th. Six weeks later, Diplock was drafted to the 2nd Canadian Mounted Rifles on May 25th, departing for the French theatre shortly thereafter and joining the 2nd CMR at the Canadian Base Depot on May 30th. He saw an appointment to Lance Corporal on July 17, 1916, one week before he was wounded at the Battle of the Somme on July 24th. He was admitted to No. 13 Stationary Hospital at Boulogne the following day with severe gun shot wounds to his eyes, right leg and chest. He was invalided to the United Kingdom, where he was admitted to the 3rd Western General Hospital at Cardiff on August 20th, then transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital at Bear Wood, Wokingham, Berkshire on August 31st. After six weeks treatment and convalescence, he was discharged on October 10th to duty at the Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre. In the Spring of 1917, Corporal Diplock was transferred from the British Columbia Regimental Depot at Hastings and attached to the Canadian Training School at Beyhill on April 19th. He was placed in charge of training troops in Physical Education and Self Defence. By the Fall, he was appointed Acting Company Sergeant Major Instructor on October 8th. He reverted to the rank of Lance Corporal on January 1, 1918, transferred to the 3rd Reserve Battalion at Witley on March 19th, then taken on strength of the 1st Canadian Reserve Battalion on April 12th. Two months later, he was promoted to Corporal on June 5, 1918. Diplock was transferred to England to attend Cadet School with a view to obtaining a commission, posted to the British Columbia Regimental Depot at Seaford on August 29, 1918. While he was in England, Diplock was awarded the Military Medal for bravery in the field for actions during the Battle of Amiens and the advance to victory (Division 0. 5210, August 21, 1918) and cited in the London Gazette 31061 on December 11, 1918. Three weeks after receiving his Military Medal, he was appointed Acting Sergeant on September 8th, then saw a transfer two months afterwards to the 1st Reserve Battalion on November 5th. Later that month, he was commissioned as a Lieutenant and transferred to the 7th Infantry Battalion "1st British Columbia Regiment". He was hospitalized and admitted to No. 14 Canadian General Hospital at Eastbourne on April 8, 1919 with a case of Influenza. After three weeks, he was discharged on April 29th. With the ceasing of hostilities, he was transferred to No. 11 Wing at the Canadian Concentration Camp, Kinmel Park on May 10, 1919. He was struck off the Overseas Military Forces of Canada and embarked Liverpool, England aboard the S.S. Lapland on June 2, 1919, arriving in Canada later that month. Diplock was discharged upon demobilization on June 15, 1919 at No. 11 District Depot in Vancouver, credited with having served in Canada, England and France and entitled to wear the War Service Badge, Class ":A", number 308417. Post-war, Diplock was named Acting Warrant Officer 2nd Class on May 31, 1920.
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