A First War Medal Group to the 15th Canadian Infantry
A First War Medal Group to the 15th Canadian Infantry; 1914-15 Star (28023 Pte J.E. FILCE. 15/CAN:INF:); British War Medal (28023 PTE. J.E. FILCE. 15-CAN.INF.); and Victory Medal (28023 PTE. J.E. FILCE. 15-CAN.INF.). Naming is officially impressed. Un-mounted, dark patina on the BWM, gilt wear evident on the VM, residue in the recessed areas on the Star from cleaning, light contact, near extremely fine. Accompanied by his Army Class "C" War Service Badge (silvered white metal, red enameled insert in the crown, white enamelled background, maker marked "CARON BROS. MONTREAL 1917" and numbered "11718" on the reverse, 27.2 mm x 30.2 mm, horizontal pinback), a Town of Grimsby Great War Commemorative Medal (silver, hallmarked and marked "STERLING" on the edge, engraved "Pte. Jos Filce" and dated "1916" on the reverse, 31.7 mm, horizontal loop suspension); a Beamsville Athletic Club Boxing Medal 1928 (silver, hallmarked and engraved "PRESENTED BY BEAMSVILLE ATHLETIC CLUB - 1928 -" on the reverse, 34.5 mm, ring suspension), a Sweetheart Bracelet (gold-filled sterling silver, maker marked "ECCO" and marked "GOLD FILLED / STERLING BASE / GOLD SEAL" and engraved in Morse Cord "I Love You" above the name "Lois" in Script on the reverse, 24.3 mm x 41 mm, on a multi-link chain with hook closure, missing its insignia on the obverse) and a King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Commemorative Coronation Medal 1937 (bronze gilt, 35.7 mm, original ribbon with pinback hanger). Footnote: Joseph Emanuel Filce was born on April 3, 1890 in Croydon, London, Surrey, England. He signed his Attestation Paper with the 15th Infantry Battalion "48th Highlanders of Canada", on September 18, 1914, at Valcartier Camp, Quebec, at the age of 24, naming his next-of-kin as Miss Edie Day of Raynes Park, London, Surrey, England, that he had previous service in a Police Force in England, that he was not married and that his trade was that of Teamster. The Battalion was raised in Ontario and Quebec and mobilized at Camp Valcartier, Quebec under the authority of P.C.O. 2067, August 6, 1914. The Battalion sailed October 3, 1914 with a compliment of 44 officers and 1,109 other ranks under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel J.A. Currie. The Battalion served in France and Belgium with the 3rd Infantry Brigade, 1st Canadian Division.