A First War Pair to Military Medal Recipient of the Skilled Railway Employees
A First War Pair to Military Medal Recipient of the Skilled Railway Employees - (2125049 C.S. MJR. J. BLOOMFIELD. C.R.T.); and Victory Medal (2125049 C.S. MJR. J. BLOOMFIELD. C.R.T.). Naming is officially impressed. Light contact, extremely fine. Accompanied by copies of his Index Cards, Attestation Paper, Service Records, Medical Records, Pay Records, Discharge Certificates and Will, along with assorted research papers. Footnote: John Bloomfield was born on November 2, 1889 in Fifeshire, Scotland. He was a resident of Belleville, Ontario, when he signed his Attestation Paper with the Canadian Railway Troops (No. 2 Section Skilled Railway Employees) on February 7, 1917 in Toronto, Ontario, naming his next-of-kin as his mother, Agnes Bloomfield of Fifeshire, stating that he had four years' previous military service in the Royal Field Artillery as a Sergeant, that he was single and that his trade was that of Train Conductor. His next-of-kin was later changed in his records, as his wife, Mrs. Jessie Bloomfield of Edinburgh, Scotland. He was named Acting 2nd Corporal on March 26, 1917, five weeks before he departed for the European theatre, on April 16, 1917, from Halifax, Nova Scotia aboard the S.S. Grampian, arriving in Liverpool, England on the 29th. Two days after arriving in England, he was named Acting Sergeant at Purfleet on May 1, 1917. Bloomfield was granted approval of a "past marriage" to Jessie that took place on May 21, 1917 while in England. He was taken on strength at the Canadian Railway Troops Depot on June 9, 1917, then transferred No. 13 Canadian Light Railway Operating Company for overseas service on July 9th. He arrived in the French theatre on July 10, 1917 and reverted to the ranks accordingly. A month later, he was confirmed in the rank of Sergeant on August 1st. He was admitted to No. 2/3 East Lancashire Field Ambulance with "P.U.O." (Pyrexia of Unknown Origin = fever) on September 9, 1917, was hospitalized and treated, before being discharged to duty on the 24th with no disability. Bloomfield was awarded a Military Medal, as cited in the London Gazette 30622 on April 10, 1918. He was appointed Acting Company Sergeant Major on April 23, 1918, then confirmed in the rank on September 1st. In May 1918, the No. 13 Canadian Light Railway Operating Company was renamed the No. 2 Section of the Skilled Railway Employees. He was absent for eight days in late April 1918 and forfeited eight days' pay. He was placed on command at the Canadian Railway Troops Depot on March 5, 1919, then transferred to the Canadian Concentration Camp at Kinmel Park on May 11th. Six weeks afterwards, he was struck off strength to "H" Wing at the Canadian Concentration Camp at Witley on June 20th, then transferred to the Canadian Discharge Depot at Buxton, Derbyshire on August 19th, for return to Canada. Bloomfield embarked Liverpool, England on September 4, 1919, aboard the R.M.S. Cedric, arriving in Halifax, Nova Scotia on the 12th. He was discharged upon demobilization on September 15, 1919 at the Halifax Depot, credited with having served one year and nine months with the CEF in France. His Will, dated February 22, 1917, left his personal estate to Mr. and Mrs. Peter Bloomfield of Fifeshire, although there is no record that it was ever executed.