Tel: 1(905) 634-3848

Text: 1(905) 906-3848

Purveyors of Authentic Militaria

eMedals-A First War Memorial Cross to the 103rd Infantry Battalion

Item: C3696

A First War Memorial Cross to the 103rd Infantry Battalion

Sold For

$130

Not available.

A First War Memorial Cross to the 103rd Infantry Battalion

A First War Memorial Cross to the 103rd Infantry Battalion - (706077. PROV/SGT. B.C. TAPLEY.). Naming is officially engraved. Light wear on the reverse, extremely fine. Accompanied by copies of his Index Cards, Attestation Paper, Service Records, Medical Records, Pay Records and assorted research papers.  Footnote: Bernard Cyril Tapley was born on December 18, 1894 in Bromley, Kent, England, the son of Walter Edward Tapley and Sarah Jane Tapley, later of Victoria, British Columbia. He saw an appointment before joining the CEF, while with the 50th Regiment, Gordon Highlanders of Canada, to Acting Corporal on November 15, 1915. He signed his Attestation Paper with the 103rd Infantry Battalion on November 23, 1915, in Victoria, naming his next-of-kin as his mother, stating that he had twenty-two months previous military service with the 50th Regiment, Gordon Highlanders of Canada, that he was not married and that his trade was that of Salesman. One month after signing his Attestation Paper, he was appointed Provost Sergeant on December 16th. The Battalion itself was raised and mobilized in Victoria, British Columbia under the authority of G.O. 151, December 22, 1915. The Battalion sailed July 24, 1916 under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel E.C.J. Henniker with a strength of 37 officers and 939 other ranks. However, Tapley did not follow them overseas, as he has been hospitalized since January 31, 1916, then transferred to DSA at Military District No. 11 on July 11th. He was diagnosed with Sarcoma (malignant tumor composed of made of cancerous bone, cartilage, fat, muscle, vascular or hematopoietic tissues). His condition worsened, as he was placed with the Military Convalescent Hospital at Esquimalt on August 15th, then transferred to Jubilee Hospital in Victoria, where he died on October 28, 1916, at the age of 21. He was buried in Victoria (Ross Bay) Cemetery, Grave Reference: 9E. S. 43., credited with having served only in Canada. His father received his Medals, Plaque and Scroll, while his mother received his Memorial Cross.
Back To Top