A First War Pair to the Princess Patrica's Canadian Light Infantry
A First War Pair to the Princess Patrica's Canadian Light Infantry - British War Medal (2265764 PTE. R.D. SNOW. P.P.C.L.I.); and Victory Medal (2265764 PTE. R.D. SNOW. P.P.C.L.I.). Naming is officially impressed. Un-mounted, original ribbons, dark patina on the BWM, light contact, near extremely fine. Accompanied by a CD containing sixteen pages with copies of his Index Cards, Attestation Paper, Service Records and Medical Records and Will. Footnote: Ralph Dwight Snow was born on August 25, 1898 in Upper Port La Tour, Shelburne County, Nova Scotia. He signed his Attestation Paper on May 7, 1917 at the Signal Training Depot in Sackville, New Brunswick, at the age of 18, naming his next-of-kin as his father, Gilbert Snow of Upper Port La Tour, stating that had no previous military service, that he was not married and that his trade was that of Student. Snow embarked Canada on November 24, 1917 aboard the S.S. Megantic, arriving in England on December 7th and posted to the Canadian Engineers Training Depot at Seaford the following day. He was transferred to the 7th Reserve Battalion on December 19, 1917, which was soon followed a week later by his admission to No. 14 Canadian General Military Hospital at Eastbourne (nee Military Hospital at Eastbourne), Sussex on December 26th. It was here that he was diagnosed with Diphtheria (an infectious disease spread by direct physical contact or breathing the aerosolized secretions of infected individuals). In his Medical Case Sheet, dated January 25, 1918, the attending physician noted that Snow had Diphtheria in 1913 and again in 1914, this being his third occurrence. He was placed in isolation at Eastbourne for ten days, and after a month in hospital, was discharged on January 25, 1918. Three weeks after his discharge from hospital, he was transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion on February 15, 1918. He was posted to the Canadian Infantry Base Depot and was called up as a reinforcement to the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry in the French theatre, on July 3, 1918. He was transferred and posted to the Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp in France on July 24th, leaving for the PPCLI on August 11th, joining them two days later. Snow was Killed in Action on September 28, 1918, at the age of 19, while in front of wire while fighting at Sailly, six weeks before the end of the war.. He is buried in Raillencourt Communal Cemetery Extension, Grave Reference: I. C. 15. and is commemorated on page 504 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. In his Will, dated June 28, 1917, he bequeathed his personal estate to his mother. She also received his British War Medal, Victory Medal and Memorial Cross, while his father Gilbert, received his Memorial Plaque and Scroll. Snow was not eligible for the 1914-15 Star.