A First War Trio to the 3rd Canadian Infantry; Mont Sorrel
A First War Trio to the 3rd Canadian Infantry; Mont Sorrel - 1914-15 Star (404442 Pte G. ROBERTS. 3/CAN:INF:); British War Medal (404442 PTE. G. ROBERTS. 3-CAN.INF.); and Victory Medal (404442 PTE. G. ROBERTS. 3-CAN.INF.). Naming is officially impressed on the Star and BWM, erased and re-engraved on the VM, with an "R" struck over the "B" in Roberts. Unmounted, cleaned, better than very fine. Accompanied by a CD containing twenty-two pages with copies of his Index Cards, Attestation Paper, Service Records, Medical Records, Discharge Certificates and Will. Footnote: George Roberts was born on March 23, 1880 in Croydon, Surrey, England. He signed his Attestation Paper with the 35th Infantry Battalion on April 9, 1915 at Toronto, Ontario, naming his next-of-kin as his sister, Anne Sherlock of London, England, stating that he did not belong to an Active Militia but had had six months previous service with the 48th Highlanders, that he was not married and that his trade was that of Labourer. George Roberts was one of three brothers that enlisted with the 35th Battalion at the same time: 404441 Frederick Alfred Roberts (born May 22, 1895 in London, England, enlisted on April 8, 1915 with the 35th Battalion in Toronto, stating that he was with an Active Militia, that he was not married and that his trade was that of Rough Carpenter) and 404443 Reginald James Roberts (born November 2, 1896 in Cardiff, Wales, enlisted on April 8, 1915 with the 35th Battalion in Toronto, stating that he was with an Active Militia, that he was not married and that his trade was that of Carpenter). Roberts sailed from Montreal, Quebec aboard the S.S. Hesperian on August 17, 1915 and was taken on strength by the 23rd Reserve Battalion at Shorncliffe on August 26th. A little over two months later, he was struck off strength to the 3rd Infantry Battalion at West Sandling on November 1, 1915, arriving in the French theatre on the 2nd. Seven months later, at the age of 36, he was wounded at the Battle of Mont Sorrel on June 13, 1916, near Ypres, Belgium, suffering gun shot wounds to his groin (referred to as "pubes" in some accounts), his right thigh and his back. After receiving triage in the field, he was admitted to No. 13 Stationary Hospital at Boulogne on June 16, 1916, his condition listed as "Dangerously Ill". In his Medical Transfer Certificate, dated June 19, 1916, it stated that "He requires "bath" treatment, though there is not much toxaemia at present." It was determined that he be transferred wounded to England and admitted to King George Hospital, Stamford St. London S.E.. His Medical Case Sheet, dated June 20th upon his admission to King George Hospital, detailed the injuries he sustained to the three areas of his body: his left groin: "large very septic wound of his left groin involving deeper structure. Wound extends down into Scarpa's triangle, close to femoral vessels, no haemorrhage as yet", his right thigh: "entrance and exit wounds on ant. (anterior) & on int. (interior) aspects of rt. (right) thigh" and his back: "small septic wound in left lumbar region of back". Once his wounds had healed, seven weeks later he was transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital at Bromley, Kent on August 10th, where he was to undergo rehabilitation for the next two months, before being discharged on October 10th and returning to duty at the Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre. He was placed for Garrison Duty at Shoreham Depot on October 15th and saw service with the Canadian Army Service Corps from November 8 to December 7, 1916. He was struck off strength to the Central Ontario Regiment and was on command at Hastings on March 22, 1917, then transferred to the 1st Canadian Convalescent Depot from April 16, 1917 to May 11, 1918, when he was again transferred, this time to the General Depot at Witley for the next three months. He was struck off strength of the General Depot on transfer to the Labour Pool at Shorncliffe on August 8th, then transferred to the Canadian Corps Signal School for the next ten weeks on October 20th. He was placed with the Canadian Signal Pool for two months, from January 7 to March 7, 1919. Upon the ceasing of hostilities, Roberts was attached to the Canadian Concentration Camp at Kinmel Park for return to Canada on April 1, 1919, embarking Liverpool, England aboard the S.S. Belgic on April 16th and disembarking in Halifax, Nova Scotia on the 23rd. His handwritten Will, dated November 29, 1917, stated that "Pte. George Roberts 404442 3rd Battalion Expeditionary Forces. In the event of my death I give the whole of my property and effects to (my) sister Mrs. Anne Sherlock, 303 Battersea Park Road, Battersea, London S.W. II England." The Will, of course, was never executed, as he was discharged upon demobilization at No. 2 District Depot in Toronto on April 26, 1919 and entitled to wear the War Service Badge, Class "A", Number 282658. He is credited with having served in France and Belgium and was awarded the WWI Trio.