A First War Pair to the 49th Canadian Infantry
A First War Pair to the 49th Canadian Infantry - British War Medal (2621840 PTE. T. VINCENT. 49-CAN.INF.); and Victory Medal (2621840 PTE. T. VINCENT. 49-CAN.INF.). Naming is officially impressed. Cleaned, contact marks, very fine. Accompanied by a City of Mons 3rd Canadian Infantry Division Liberation Medal (aluminum, dated September 11, 1918, 22 mm, ring suspension); an American Rock of the Marne 30th Infantry Regiment Badge (silvered metal and enamels, dated July 14-18, 1918, 30.2 mm, missing its vertical pinback); and a CD containing fourteen pages with copies of his Index Cards, Attestation Paper, Service Records, Medical Records and Discharge Certificates. Footnote: Thomas Vincent was born on December 11, 1888 in Redruth, Cornwall, England. He signed his Attestation Paper with the British Canadian Recruiting Mission, Infantry Draft, in Calgary, Alberta on September 4, 1917, naming his wife, Eliza Vincent of Butte, Montana, USA as his next-of-kin, stating that he had no previous military service, that he was married and that his trade was that of Miner. It is also documented in his paperwork that he had four children: Violet (age 11), Thomas (age 9), Leonard (age 7) and David (age 5) at the time of his enlistment, that his father was deceased and that his mother, Eliza (same name as that of his wife) still resided in Redruth. He embarked Quebec City, Quebec on October 4, 1917 aboard the S.S. Metagama, arriving in Liverpool, England on October 17th. He was taken on strength upon arrival at Bramshott and transferred to the 21st Reserve Battalion. Three months later, he proceeded overseas for service with the 49th Infantry Battalion in the French theatre, on January 18, 1918, landing in France on the 20th and joining the 48th Battalion in the field on the 21st. Vincent was sentenced to twenty-one days Field Punishment No. 1 on December 24, 1918, for "W.O.A.S., A.W.L. (Whilst on Active Service, Absent Without Leave) B2029 D.O.II from parade on morning of 14-12-18 at 09.00 hours". A month after serving his sentence and with hostilities in Europe having ceased, he departed LeHavre on February 8, 1919 and was struck off strength to Canada onMarch 8th, sailing from Liverpool. He was discharged upon demobilization at No. 13 District Depot, Dispersal Station "S", in Edmonton, Alberta on March 22, 1919 and was entitled to wear the War Service Badge, Number 237209. His post-war plan was to return home to be his wife and children in Butte.