A First War Medal Trio to Lt.McMullen; 19th Canadian Infantry
A First War Medal Trio to Lt.McMullen; 19th Canadian Infantry - 1914-15 Star (55250 Pte J.W. McMULLEN. 19/CAN:INF:); British War Medal (LIEUT. J.W. MC MULLEN.); and Victory Medal (LIEUT. J.W. McMULLEN). Naming is officially impressed. Unmounted, very crisp detail, dark patina and edge wear on the BWM, original ribbons, contact marks, very fine. Accompanied by his Identification Tag (aluminum, stamped "No 55250 J.W. MCMULLEN P.C." on the obverse and "19 BATT. INF. CANADIANS" on the reverse, 38.5 mm) and copies of his Index Cards, Attestation Paper, Service Records, Medical Records, Discharge Certificate and Department of Veterans Affairs Death Notification (dated January 20, 1970). Footnote: James Wallace McMullen was born on July 18, 1888 at Hamilton, Ontario. He signed his Attestation Paper with the 19th Infantry Battalion on November 19, 1914, naming his next-of-kin os his mother, Mary McMullen of Toronto, stating that he had no previous military service, that he was not married and that his trade was that of Salesman. During his time in Canada, he was treated in Toronto from February 25th to 27th for influenza. McMullen departed for the England on May 13, 1915 aboard the S.S. Scandinavian and was taken on strength at Shorncliffe on the 23rd. Four months later, he embarked Southampton, England for France on September 14, 1915, disembarking at Boulogne the following day. The following Spring, while in the French theatre, he was in battle on April 11, 1916 and suffered a case of shell shock. He was treated at No. 15 Casualty Clearing Station on the 13th and returned to duty on the 16th. Two months later, he endured another illness, this time being treated for a case of tonsilitis at Canadian Red Cross Hospital at Taplow, Bucks on June 13, 1916, then transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital at Hillingdon House, Uxbridge on July 2nd. Upon his discharge from hospital, McMullen was struck off strength and transferred to the 35th Infantry Battalion on July 7, 1916 at West Sandling. He was appointed Temporary Lieutenant on September 22, 1916, posted to the General List and attached to the 35th Infantry Battalion. He was admitted at the Battalion Hospital on October 16, 1916, then transferred to the Military Hospital at Shorncliffe, diagnosed with "V.D.S." (venereal disease, syphilis) on October 19th. he was again transferred for additional treatment at the Canadian Hospital Etching Hilll on the 21st and discharged on November 16th. He was transferred to the 4th Reserve Battalion on January 31, 1917, then struck off strength to the Canadian Forestry Corps on May 10th. He was to see a number of postings while with the C.F.C.. He was struck off strength on posting to headquarters No. 52 District on May 17; struck off strength of No. 52 District, 127 Company to Base Depot December 27th, 1917; struck off strength of No. 52 District to No. 54 District, 137 Company on January 26, 1918 at Southampton; posted to Base Depot on February 18th; struck off strength to No. 51 District, 138 Company on July 18th. The new year saw him struck off strength on transfer to the Canadian Forestry Corps Depot on January 1, 1919, then proceeding to Canadian Forestry Corps (Sunningdale). With the ceasing of hostilities, he was designated "On Command" to Kimnel Park Camp for demobilization on May 19th, then to posted to the Canadian Forestry Corps at Witley on July 6th. He was struck off the Overseas Military Forces of Canada on September 6, 1919 and returned to Canada. McMullen was discharged upon general demobilization on September 17, 1919, at No. 2 District Depot, Toronto, credited with having served in England and France with the 19th Infantry Battalion, 35th Infantry Battalion, General List, 4th Reserve Battalion, C.F.C. Base Depot (Sunningdale), No. 52 District, 127th Company C.F.C., No. 54 District, 137th Company C.F.C., No. 51 District, 138th Company C.F.C., Military District No. 2, Kinmel Park Camp "R" Wing. He died on December 21, 1969 at Westminister Hospital, London, Ontario, at the age of 81.