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  • A First War Pair - Simcoe Foresters
  • A First War Pair - Simcoe Foresters
  • A First War Pair - Simcoe Foresters
  • A First War Pair - Simcoe Foresters

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A First War Pair - Simcoe Foresters


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A First War Pair - Simcoe Foresters

British War Medal (643283 A. SJT. P.W. MAC LELLAND. 125-CAN. INF.); and Victory Medal (643283 A. SJT. P.W. MAC LELLAND. 125-CAN. INF.). Naming is officially impressed. Unmounted, very crisp detail, dark patina on BWM, light contact, near extremely fine. Accompanied by a DVD containing copies of his Index Cards, Attestation Paper, Service Records, Medical Records and Discharge Certificates. Footnote: Patrick William MacLelland was born on June 23, 1896 in Oro Station, Ontario. He signed his Attestation Paper with the 157th Overseas Battalion, "Simcoe Foresters", on January 31, 1916 in Barrie, Ontario, stating that he was a member of an active militia, the E. Co. 35th Regiment, that he was not married and that his trade was that of Farmer. The Battalion was raised in Simcoe County, Ontario with mobilization headquarters at Barrie, under the authority of G.O. 151, December 22, 1915. He was later promoted to Sergeant on March 15, 1916. That fall, he was treated for influenza from September 20th to 25th at Camp Borden. The Battalion sailed October 17, 1916 aboard the S.S. Cameronia, under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel D.H. MacLaren with a strength of 32 officers, including MacLelland, and 966 other ranks. Upon arrival in England on October 28th, the Battalion was broken up and absorbed into the 19th, 116th and 125th Infantry Battalions and the 8th Reserve Battalion. He received an order to revert to the ranks on proceeeding overseas but the order was cancelled the same day, November 27, 1916. MacLelland was transferred from the 157th and taken on strength by the 125th Battalion on December 8, 1916. By May 18, 1917, he reverts to Per Grade on his own request and was transferred to and proceeded overseas for service with the 75th Battalion on May 23rd. His health concerns followed him throughout his stay in Europe. The next month, June, he was treated for eczema and impetigo (skin infection), then left for the 4th Eut. Battalion in the field on the 24th. He was despatched to his unit at the Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp on October 15, 1917 but soon found himself evacuated sick, on October 31, 1917 and diagnosed with an abscess in his wrist. MacLelland was injured on November 29, 1917 during a game of handball. In his "Report on Accidental of Self Inflicted Injuries", it ws noted that he sprained his right ankle "while playing handball (organized game), he jumped for the ball and his foot gave way when he landed on the ground." Two weeks later, in mid-December 1917 through January 1918, he sought medical treatment agian, this time for scabbies. He was struck of strength of the Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp on January 15, 1918. MacLelland was transferred to the Royal Canadian Dragoons on April 11, 1918, joining the unit on the 14th. On October 25, 1918, he was again treated for influenza, being discharged on December 7th. Three days later, on the 19th, he was taken on strength at the Canadian Base Depot, then transferred to England and posted to Canadian Corps Depot on the 30th. MacLelland was struck off strength to Canada on March 10, 1919, embarking Liverpool aboard H.M.T. Celtic, arriving in Halifax, Nova Scotia on the 18th. He was discharged from active service upon demobilzation on March 21st at No. 2 District Depot in Toronto, Ontario, having served his country in both France and Belgium.
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