A First War Medal Group to the 20th Canadian Infantry CEF
A First War Medal Group to the 20th Canadian Infantry CEF - 1914-15 Star (57991 Pte T.D. CRIGHTON. 20/CAN:INF:); British War Medal (57991 S. SJT. T.D. CRIGHTON. 20-CAN. INF.); and Victory Medal (57991 S. SJT. T.D. CRIGHTON. 20-CAN. INF.). Naming is officially impressed. Very crisp detail, polished, mounted to asuspension bar with swing bar pinback as worn by the veteran, light contact, bruising, better than very fine. Accompanied by a CDcontaining thirteen pages with copies of his Index Cards, Attestation Paper, Service Records, Medical Records and Discharge Certificates. Footnote: Thomas Dawson Crighton was born on April 5, 1889 in Toronto, Ontario. He signed his Attestation Paper with the 20th Infantry Battalion on February 12, 1915 in Toronto, naming Mary Crighton of Toronto as his next-of-kin, although no relationship was defined. He stated that he had four years previous military service with the Queen's Own Rifles, that he was not married and that his trade was that of Bookkeeper. The Battalion was raised in Central and Northern Ontario and mobilized in Toronto under the authority of G.O. 36, March 15, 1915. The Battalion sailed May 15, 1915 with a strength of 35 officers and 1,100 other ranks, including Crighton, under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel J.A.W. Allen. He arrived in England aboard the S.S. Megaulic on May 24, 1915, later embarking for France on September 14, 1915, disembarking at Boulogne. Crighton was admitted to No. 5 Canadian Field Ambulance on May 7, 1916 and diagnosed with Furunculosis (skin inflanation that usually starts with a single infection, with boils tending to appear thereafter) and rejoined his unit a week later on May 14th. He was struck off strength of the 20th Battalion and taken on strength by the Canadian Ordnance Corps on July 27, 1916. By October 21, 1916, Crighton found himself with the 6th Infantry Brigade performing duties at headquarters, where he saw a promotion to Staff Sergeant on September 1, 1917. He was then transferred to the 28th Battalion on February 22, 1918, whom he served with for five and a half months before proceeding to England on August 6, 1918. He was with "O" Wing when he was stuck off strength from the Overseas Military Forces of Canada on May 8, 1919 at Witley. Crighton sailed from Liverpool, England for Canada aboard the S.S. Caronia and was discharged upon demobilzation at No. 2 District Depot in Toronto on May 26, 1919.