A First War Medal Pair to the 38th Canadian Infantry
A First War Pair to the 38th Battalion CEF - British War Medal (639687 PTE. E.R.M. BRODIE 38-CAN.INF.); and Victory Medal (639687 PTE. E.R.M. BRODIE 38-CAN.INF.). Naming is officially impressed. Un-mounted, cleaned, light contact, near extremely fine. Accompanied by a photograph of Brodiein studio with his large moving picture camera on a tripod (black and white, faded to a sepia-toned look, inscribed in pencil "UNCLE TED (OTTAWA) POST WWI" on the reverse, 108 mm x 167 mm, edge tears and lower right corner piece missing). Footnote: Edward Robert McLean Brodie was born on January 16, 1898 in Newton Mearns, Scotland. He signed his Attestation Paper with the 156th Infantry Battalion, "156th Leeds and Grenville Battalion" on January 12, 1916 in Brockville, Ontario, naming his next-of-kin as father, James Brodie of Brockville, stating that he had five years' previous active militia service with the 41st Brockville Rifles, that he was not married and that his trade was that of Moving Picture Operator. The Battalion was raised in Leeds and Grenville Counties of Ontario, with mobilization headquarters at Brockville under the authority of G.O. 151, December 22, 1915. The Battalion embarked Halifax, Nova Scotia aboard the S.S. Northland on October 18, 1916, under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel T.C.D. Bedeil with a strength of 28 officers and 778 other ranks, including Brodie, arriving on the 28th. Once in England, the Battalion was broken up and absorbed into the 2nd, 21st and 38th Infantry Battalions, the P.O.C.O.I. and the 6th Reserve Battalion, with Brodie joining the 38th Infantry Battalion, "Royal Ottawa Battalion." Upon the ceasing of hostilities, Brodie returned to Canada and resumed his career as a Moving Picture Operator.