A First War Military Medal & BEM to the Alberta Regiment
A First War Military Medal & BEM to the Alberta Regiment - Military Medal (898304 Cpl - L. Sjt - J. GLADSTONE. 49/ALBERTA:R.); British Empire Medal, George VI (M.42645 CPL. JOSEPH W. GLADSTONE. M.M., V.G.C.); Victory Medal (898304 L. SJT. J. GLADSTONE. 49-CAN.INF.); British War Medal (898304 L. SJT. J. GLADSTONE. 49-CAN.INF.); Canadian Volunteer Service Medal; and War Medal 1939-1945. Naming is officially impressed on the first four medals, the Second World War medals are un-named. Mounted to a suspension with swing bar pinback, as worn by the veteran, the Second World War medals with original ribbons, positions of the VM and BWM are transposed, WM is reverse mounted, dark patinas on the silver medals with a very dark one on the BEM, light contact, near extremely fine. Footnote: Joseph Wallace (sometimes Week) Gladstone was born on March 21, 1892 in Pincher Creek, Alberta. He enlisted for service in the First World War, signing his CEF Attestation Paper with the 192nd Infantry Battalion "Crow's Nest Pass Battalion" (898304), on March 8, 1916, in Pincher Creek, thirteen days shy of his 24th birthday, naming his next-of-kin as his wife, Elmira Gladstone, stating that he belonged to an Active Militia, the 23rd Alberta Rangers, that he was Married and that his trade was that of Farmer. The 192nd Infantry Battalion was raised in Blairmore and District with mobilization headquarters at Blairmore, Alberta under the authority of G.O. 69, July 15, 1916. The Battalion sailed November 1, 1916 under the command of Captain H.E. Lyon with a strength of 23 officers and 424 other ranks. In England, the Battalion was absorbed into the 9th Reserve Battalion. Gladstone was later transferred to the 49th Infantry Battalion "Edmonton Regiment" (AKA Alberta Regiment), and it was in the rank of Corporal (Lance Sergeant) with this Battalion that he was awarded the Military Medal, as mentioned in the Fifth Supplement to the London Gazette 31173 of Friday, February 7, 1919, on Tuesday, February 11, 1919, page 2127. For his First World War service, he was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. He is also acknowledged as having been awarded the Military Medal in The Forty Niner, Issue Number 19 of July 1934. He was recalled for service during the Second World War as a Corporal (M.42645) with the Veterans Guard of Canada and for his service, was awarded the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and the War Medal 1939-1945. In addition, after the war, he was awarded the British Empire Medal, as mentioned in the Second Supplement to the London Gazette 37408 of Friday, December 28, 1945, on Tuesday, January 1, 1946, page 144.