A First War Pair to the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery
A First War Pair to the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery - 1914-15 Star (5940 A. BMBR' G. BLACK. R.CAN: H.ART:) and Victory Medal (5940 A. CPL. G. BLACK. R.C.H.A.). Naming is officially impressed on both. very crisp detail, high relief, nice patinas, near extremely fine. Accompanied by copies of his Attestation Paper, Service Records, Medical Records and Discharge Certificates. Footnote: George Black was born on May 4, 1876 in Edinburgh, Scotland. He signed his Attestation Paper on September 23, 1914 in Valcartier, Quebec with the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery, at the age of 38, stating that he was not married, that he had had ten years previous military service with the 2nd Dragoons and that his trade was that of Stone Cutter. On August 6, 1914, the RCHA Brigade was placed on Active Service and moved to Camp Valcartier and on August 26, 1914 was mobilized as a Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF). A & B Batteries consisted of 19 Officers and 488 other ranks manning six 13 pounders in each Battery. A & B Battery sailed from Quebec on October 3, 1914, arriving at the West Down North Camp, Wiltshire, England. A & B Battery was again reconfigured into four gun batteries with the excess manpower and equipment put into Ammunition Columns (Reserves, ammo and small arms transport) and sent to Louches, France for training. September 17, 1915 A & B Battery were deployed to the Western Front at Ploegsteert Wood (Ypres), Belgium, with Black having previously embarked for the French theatre on July 18th. He injured his left ankle in December 1916 and was in hospital for three months recovering. He was also cited numerous times for being drunk and punished accordingly, including being drunk in lines while in the field in mid-March 1916. On September 9, 1917, he injured his knee while arresting a man, suffering an inflammation in the joint and spent the remainder of the war in England at various locations. He returned to Canada, March 30, 1919 and was discharged from active service upon demobilization in Valcartier, Quebec on April 15, 1919. He stated that he planned to move to Vancouver, British Columbia, to pursue his civilian life.