A First War Pair to the Canadian Artillery
A First War Pair to the Canadian Artillery - British War Medal (349013 GNR. C.W. LANKIN. C.F.A.); and Victory Medal (349013 GNR. C.W. LANKIN. C.F.A.). Naming is officially impressed. Unmounted, very crisp detail, polished, light contact, better than very fine. Accompanied by a CD containing eighteen pages with copies of his IndexCards, Attestation Paper, Service Records, Medical Records, Discharge Certificates and Department of Veteran Affairs, Canadian Armed Forces Record of Service (dated and stamped May 11, 1959). Footnote: Charles Wesley Lankin was born on October 27, 1895 in Vaughan, Ontario, the son of Albert and Jane Lankin. He signed his Attestation Paper on April 17, 1916 in Kingston, Ontario, enlisting as a Gunner with "C" Battery, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery, stating that he had no previous military service, that he was not married and that his trade was that of Student. He embarked Halifax, Nova Scotia aboard the S.S. Savonia on October 4, 1916, arriving in Liverpool, England on October 13th, although it also states in another one of his records that it was aboard the S.S. Missanabie. He was taken on strength at CADC Sutcliffe upon arrival, then transferred to ADDS at Witley on January 8, 1917. He was then posted to the 52nd Battery, Canadian Field Artillery at Milford Camp at Witley on January 15th and placed with the 13th Brigade. After seven months training, he proceeding overseas to France on August 21st. He remained with the 13th Brigade for the duration of his war service. He did take a fourteen day leave in the United Kingdom on October 6, 1918, rejoining his unit in the field on the 24th. He was with his unit until January 28, 1919, when he was evacuated to No. 8 General Hospital at Boulogne, France with a case of Scabbies. He was transferred on February 7th to No. 25 General Hardelot, then again transferred on February 14th to No. 16 Canadian General at Ospington, where he was to remain until he was discharged on March 4th. Upon his leave from hospital, Lankin was attached to Canadian Corps Company at Kinmel Park Camp for his return to Canada on March 29th. He was struck off strength to Canada, embarking Liverpool aboard the S.S. Lapland on April 3, 1919, disembarking in Halifax on April 10th. He was discharged upon demobilization at No. 2 District Depot in Toronto, Ontario on April 12th. Lankin was credited with having served in Canada, England and France, earning a War Service Badge Class "A", number 280400. It is noted in his records that he was issued a second War Service Badge, numbered 290672, in 1959.