A First War Memorial Group to the Canadian Railway Troops CEF
A First War Memorial Group to the Canadian Railway Troops CEF- British War Medal (767161 SPR. H.B. ALLISON. C.R.T.); Victory Medal (767161 SPR. H.B. ALLISON. C.R.T.); and GRV Memorial Cross (767161 Spr. H.B. ALLISON). Naming is officially impressed on the pair and engraved on the MC. Unmounted, dark patina on the BWM and MC, original ribbons on the pair sewn together at the ends from previous suspension mounting, MC without ribbon, residue in the recessed areas of the pair from cleaning, light contact, very fine. Accompanied by their original named box lid panel, inscribed "21923, 767161 SPR. H.P. ALLISON, C.R.T." Footnote: Henry Burn Allison was born on November 5, 1871 in Durham, England. He signed his Attestation Paper with the 123rd Infantry Battalion "Royal Grenadier Overseas Battalion 10th Regiment" on February 1, 1916 in Toronto, Ontario, at the age of 44, naming his next-of-kin as his wife, Matilda Allison of Toronto, stating that he had two years' previous military service as a Private with the Royal Grenadiers, that he was married and that his trade was that of Bricklayer. The Battalion was raised and mobilized in Toronto, Ontario under the authority of G.O. 151, December 22, 1915. The Battalion sailed August 9, 1916 under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel W.B. Kingsmill, with a strength of 12 officers and 369 other ranks. In England, the Battalion was re-designated the 123rd Pioneer Battalion. Allison died on July 20, 1939, his death related to his Great War service.