A First War M.S.M. Group to the Canadian Army Medical Corps
A First War M.S.M. Group to the Canadian Army Medical Corps - Meritorious Service Medal (535433 S. SJT: J.T. EVANS. CAN:A.M.C.); British War Medal (535433 S. SJT. J.T. EVANS. C.A.M.C.); and Victory Medal (535433 S. SJT. J.T. EVANS. C.A.M.C.). Mounted to a suspension with swing bar pinback, as worn by the veteran, residue on the reverse of the MSM, along with residue on the obverse and reverse of the BWM from previous board mounting, light contact, better than very fine. Accompanied by a Canadian Medical Corps Cap Badge and two Collar Tabs, along with a CD containing sixteen pages with copies of his Index Cards, Attestation Paper, Service Records, Medical Records and Discharge Certificates. Footnote: John Thomas Evans was born on May 24, 1877 in Newmarket, Ontario. He signed his Attestation Paper on January 10, 1916 in Kingston, Ontario, at the age of 38, naming his next-o-kin as his mother, Hannah Evans of Toronto, stating that he had two years previous military service with the 12th York Rangers and one season with the Canadian Officer Training Corps Training Unit, that he was not married and that his trade was that of Stenographer, Deputy Clerk of the Peace, York. He entered service as part of the No. 7 Canadian General Hospital (Queen's) Draft, arriving in England aboard the S.S. Scandinavian on March 13, 1916 and taken on strength at Sandgate. Three days later, he was transferred from the Canadian Army Medical Corps Training School to Moore Barracks Hospital on March 16th, then two and a half months later, he was transferred to Paraker Camp at Dibgate on May 31st. The following day, he left for the French theatre, and was taken on strength as reinforcement at Le Treport. While serving in France, he was to see three rank promotions: to Corporal (October 2, 1916), to Sergeant (December 2, 1916) and to Staff Sergeant (October 1, 1917), along with being awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, as cited in the London Gazette 31132 on January 18, 1919. Upon the ceasing of hostilities, Evans proceeded to England from Etaples on May 31, 1919, having served twenty-four months in the French theatre. He was taken on strength of "R' Wing at Witley Camp on June 2nd, where it was noted in his Medical History of an Invalid, dated June 6, 1919, that he had "Defective Vision", a condition that had existed since childhood. He was diagnosed with Myopic Astigmatism (a specific type of astigmatism where the light focuses before it ever reaches the eye). Four weeks later, he was struck off strength of the Overseas Military Forces of Canada, embarking Southampton, England on July 2nd and arriving in Halifax, Nova Scotia on July 8th. Evans was discharged upon demobilization on July 11, 1919, at Dispersal Area Station "H", No. 3 District Depot in Kingston, credited with having served in Canada, the United Kingdom and France, and entitled to wear the War Service Badge, Class "A", number 273439.