A Medal Pair to the 19th Infantry; Wounded During Pursuit to Mons
A Medal Pair to the 19th Infantry; Wounded During Pursuit to Mons - British War Medal (228139 PTE. J. POPE. 19-CAN. INF.); and Victory Medal (228139 PTE. J. POPE. 19-CAN. INF.). Naming is officially impressed. Unmounted, very crisp detail, dark patina on the BWM, light contact, original ribbons, near extremely fine. Accompanied by copies of his Index Cards, Attestation Paper, 198th Battalion Particulars of Family of an Officer or Man Enlisted in C.E.F. Form, Service Records, Medical Records and Discharge Certificates. Footnote: John Pope was born on August 19, 1886 in Bristol, England. He signed his Attestation Paper with the 198th Infantry Battalion "Canadian Buffs" on March 7, 1916, in Toronto, Ontario, naming his next-of-kin as his wife, Violet Eva Pope of Toronto, stating that he had no previous military service, that he was married and that his trade was that of Shipper. He also had a two year old daughter on enlistment, Edith Rose Pope. It is documented that he was initially placed with the 201st Infantry Battalion "Toronto Light Infantry". He suffered a bout of tonsilitis and was hosiptalized from December 18 to 30, 1916, while in training with the 198th. He was originally recruited by the 201st Battalion, which was raised and mobilized in Toronto under the authority of G.O. 69, July 15, 1916. The Commanding Officer of the Battalion was Lieutenant-Colonel E.W. Hagarty, however, insufficient numbers of recruits resulted ith the Battalion being disbanded in Canada and the enlisted men absorbed into the 170th and 198th Infantry Battalions. As such, the 198th Battalion sailed from Halifax, Nova Scotia on March 25, 1917 under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel J.A. Cooper with a strength of 31 officers and 841 other ranks, including Pope, arriving in Liverpool, England on April 7th. He was awarded a Good Conduct Stripe on March 7, 1918 at Witley Camp. The 198th Battalion was absorbed into the 3rd Reserve Battalion, with Pope being struck off strength on the 7th. Nine days later, on the 16th, he was struck off strength of the 3rd Reserve Battalion to the 19th Battalion, entering the French theatre on March 17th, making his way to the Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp on March 20th. Pope was transferred to the Canadian Machine Gun Corps pool on March 30th, then taken on strength and placed with the 2nd Canadian Machine Gun Corps on June 8, 1918. Pope suffered a gun shot wound to his back (spine) on October 10, 1918 and was invalided to England on October 21st. He was treated at the Birmingham War Hospital, Shrewsbury and it was noted that although the wound had healed over, that there was still shrapnel in his back in the FB region of the spine, that "removal not advised at present". On November 25th, he was transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital at Epsom. He was later posted to Seaford before returning to Canada. In his Medical History of an Invalid, dated February 10, 1919 at Exhibition Camp, Toronto, it was noted that he had "partial loss of function of back" and "partial loss of function of intestinal tract', combined with an intense case of "haemorrhoids". It went on to describe in detail his condition: "He was wounded in the back Oct. 1918 by a piece of shrapnel which is still lodged in the back between the scapula. He had piles before enlisting and they became worse during route marching on Aug. 1918 they were quite troublesome and they bled." and that he "Never knew the piles to bleed before enlistment." It was recommended that with an operation, he would be incapacitated for two months before recovering but without an operation, the condition would be permanent. Pope was discharged at No. 2 District Depot in Toronto on February 15, 1919, as "having been found medically unfit for service". He is credited with having served in Canada (March 1916 to April 1917), England (April 1917 to March 1918) and France (March 1918 to October 1918), before being invalided to England and sent back to Canada.