A First War Medal Group to the Canadian Army Medical Corps
A First War Medal Group to the Canadian Army Medical Corps - 1914-15 Star (32757 Pte D.A. LAYZELL. CAN:A.M.C.); British War Medal (32757 PTE. D.A. LAYZELL. C.A.M.C.); and Victory Medal (3757 PTE. D.A. LAYZELL. C.A.M.C.). Naming is officially impressed. Very crisp detail, contact marks, better than very fine. Accompanied by two Identification Tags (bakelite, stamped "32757 D LAYZELL CND 3 FLD AMB C E" each, one octagonal (33.5 mm x 38.8 mm), one round (34.6 mm)); Three-Ribbon Ribbon bar (Star-BWN-VM, 13 mm x 94.5 mm, pinback); 1914-15 Star Ribbon Bar (11.5 mm x 31.7 mm, pinback, discoloured); General Service Collar Tab (bronze, maker marked "CARON BROS. MONTREAL 1915" on the reverse, 26.3 mm x 30 mm, one of two lugs intact); CEF For Service At The Front Badge (bronze and enamels, numbered "279014" on the reverse, 22.3 mm, screwback); 1st Canadian Division Lest We Forget Badge (bronze and enamels, 24 mm, buttonhole attachment); Great War Veterans Pin (sterling silver and enamels, numbered "68924" and marked "STERLING" on the reverse, 16.5 mm x 21.8 mm); British Empire Service League, Canadian Legion Pin (bronze and enamels, maker marked "G. LAMOND MONTREAL" on the reverse, 11.7 mm x 15.5 mm, screwback); Army & Navy Veterans in Canada Badge (bronze and enamels, 21.7 mm, screwback); Booklet entitled "The 1st Canadian Division in the Battles of 1918" (56 pages plus cover, handwritten in balck ink "Grand father: Donald Layzell World War I" on the front cover, 138 mm x 213 mm, with 45 mm three-piece poppy attached); Leaflet entitled "Final Order of the Day by Major General Sir Archibald Cameron MacDonell Commanding 1st Canadian Division" (4 pages, 138 mm x 203 mm); three Original Notes that accompanied the Medals; and a CD containing fourteen pages with copies of his Index Cards, Attestation Paper, Service Records, Medical Records and Discharge Certificates. Footnote: Donald Arthur Layzell was born on March 29, 1895 in London, England. He signed his Attestation Paper on September 24, 1914 in Valcartier, Quebec, naming his next-of-kin as his father, Charles Layzell, stating that he had one year previous military service with No. 3 Canadian Field Ambulance, that he was not married and that his trade was that of Painter. He was with No. 3 Field Ambulance, Canadian Army Medical Corps upon arrival in England and after having disembarked at Rouyn, France on April 10, 1915 as a reinforcement, he was transferred to the 1st Divisional Cyclist Company for water detail. Private Layzell was cited for "Insolence To N.C.O. Fined 5 days pay" on July 29, 1915. He ceased to be attached to the 1st Divisional Cyclist Company on attachment to the 12th Brigade, Canadian Filed Artillery for water detail, on the authority of the Deputy Director of Medical Services, on August 18, 1916 and was awarded a Good Conduct Badge in the field on September 25th. He was the transferred to the 4th Infantry Battalion in the field for water detail on March 22, 1917, and with them for the next fifteen months, before being posted to No. 3 Canadian Field Ambulance on May 21, 1918. Upon the ceasing of hostilities, he proceeded to England on March 20, 1919 and was struck off strength of the Overseas Military Forces of Canada on April 14th, disembarking Southampton on the 15th for Canada aboard the S.S. Olympic. Layzell was discharged upon demobilization on April 24, 1919 at No. 3 District Depot, Dispersal Station H, Kingston, Ontario and permitted to wear the War Service Badge, Class "A", No. 279014.