A First War Medal Pair to the Canadian Railway Troops CEF
A First War Medal Pair to the Canadian Railway Troops CEF - British War Medal (1099021 A. CPL. G. ALLEN. C.R.T.); and Victory Medal (1099021 A. CPL. G. ALLEN. C.R.T.). Naming is officially impressed. Unmounted, original ribbons, dark patina on the BWM, light contact, spotting on the VM, very fine. Footnote: George Allen was born on February 13, 1873 in Hampshire, England. He signed his Attestation Paper with the 256th Infantry Battalion on January 18, 1917 in Toronto, Ontario, one month shy of his forty-fourth birthday, naming his next-of-kin as his wife, Maria Allen of Toronto, stating that he has three months' previous military service as a Private with the 3rd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment, that he was married and that his trade was that of Construction Foreman. The Battalion was raised in Central Ontario with mobilization headquarters at Toronto under the authority of G.O. 69, July 15, 1916. The Battalion sailed March 28, 1917 under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel W.A. McConnell with a strength of 18 officers and 531 other ranks. The Battalion served in France as the 10th Battalion, Canadian Railway Troops.