A First War Military Medal to a Canadian Metis
A Great War M.M. pair awarded to Private L. Chartier, Canadian Army Medical Corps - Military Medal, G.V.R. (524796 Pte. L. Chartier, Can. A.M.C.); British War Medal 1914-20 (424796 Pte., C.A.M.C.), extremely fine. Footnote: M.M. London Gazette 14 May 1919. Louis Chartier, a Metis, was born in Beaumont, Alberta, on 28 September 1896. A Fitter by occupation, he enlisted in No. 1 Field Ambulance, C.A.M.C. at Victoria, B.C., in April 1916, but transferred to No. 13 Field Ambulance before proceeding to France in June 1916. No. 13 Field Ambulance was employed during the Battle of Vimy Ridge, where it was assigned the dangerous duty of clearing the wounded from the field of battle, in addition to being responsible for the ‘walking wounded’ at the dressing station at Hersin-Coupigny. At the end of the War Chartier did not return to England with the rest of his unit but was transferred to C.A.M.C. (General Duties). He was attached for duty with the Canadian Y.M.C.A. in Brussels in March 1919, assisting the Demobilisation Service of the Y.M.C.A. of the 4th Division C.E.F. Awarded the M.M., Chartier was discharged at Vancouver in July 1919; sold with copied service papers.