A First War Memorial Cross to the 76th Canadian Infantry Battalion
A First War Memorial Cross to the 76th Canadian Infantry Battalion - George V (141736. Pte. F. McALPINE.). Naming is officially engraved. Very dark patina, light contact, near extremely fine. In its hardshelled case of issue, creasing on the lid, soiled medal bed, case very fine.Footnote: Frank McAlpine was born on August 27, 1883 in Lanark, County Lanark (AKA Lanarkshire), Scotland. He signed his Attestation Paper as a Private (141736) with the 76th Infantry Battalion, on August 4, 1915 at Niagara Camp, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, at the age of 31, naming his next-of-kin as his wife, Mrs. F. McAlpine of Niagara-on-the-Lake, stating that he had three years' previous service with the Army Service Corps and one years' service as a Baker during the South African War, that he was married and that his trade was that of Baker. The Battalion was raised in Barrie, Ontario with mobilization headquarters at Niagara, Ontario under the authority of G.O. 103A, August 15, 1915. The Battalion sailed April 23, 1916 under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel J. Ballantine with a strength of 36 officers and 1,006 other ranks. In England, the Battalion was absorbed into the 36th Infantry Battalion (3rd Reserve Battalion). Private Frank McAlpine died from illness on May 6, 1916. He is buried in Liverpool (Anfield) Cemetery, Liverpool, Lancashire, England, Grave Reference: XI. C. 447 and is commemorated on page 122 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.