A Memorial Cross for Action at Blécourt Court Section to the North West Regt.
A Memorial Cross for Action at Blécourt Court Section to the North West Regt. - George V (104187 Pte. J.D.L. CARNALL). Naming is officially engraved. Dark patina, light contact, extremely fine. Footnote: John Douglas Lane Carnall was born on December 1, 1874 in Liverpool, Merseyside, England. He signed his Attestation Paper as a Private (104187) with the 68th Infantry Battalion "Regina Battalion", as part of the 95th Regimental Draft for the 28th Infantry Battalion, on August 10, 1915, in Regina, Saskatchewan, at the age of 40, naming his next-of-kin as his wife, Mary Carnall, who was residing in Liverpool, stating that he had no previous military service, that he was Married and that his trade was that of Plater. Carnall embarked Halifax, Nova Scotia aboard the S.S. Saxonia on March 26, 1917, arriving in England on April 7th. Ten days after his arrival in England, he married Mary Carnall on April 17th and three days after tying the knot, he was transferred to the 15th Canadian Reserve Battalion, on April 20th. One month after his transfer to the 15th Canadian Reserve Battalion, Carnall was admitted to the Connaught Hospital at Aldershot on May 22nd with a case of Gonnorhea and after nine days' treatment, was discharged from hospital on the 31st. A week and half later, his Gonnorhea flared up, forcing his admission to the Canadian Military Hospital at Bramshott on June 9th, a stay that would extend for twenty-four days, before his discharge on July 3rd. He was awarded one Good Conduct Badge on August 10, 1917. Carnall was transferred to the 28th Infantry Battalion "North West Regiment" on November 15, 1917, for overseas service, arriving at the Canadian Base Depot in Etaples, France the following day. He left for his new unit of the 19th, arriving with them on the 24th. Carnall was with the 28th Infantry Battalion when he suffered a gun shot wound (shrapnel) to the head on October 2, 1918 and was admitted to No. 1 Canadian General Hospital at Etaples. Two days later, on October 4th, Private John Douglas Lane Carnall died from wounds received in action, at the age of 43. He is buried in Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France, Grave Reference: LXVII. H. 6. and is commemorated on page 381 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. In his Will, dated February 27, 1917, he left his personal estate to his wife, Mary Carnall.