A Memorial Cross to the 26th Infantry; KIA at the Battle of Amiens
A Memorial Cross to the 26th Infantry; KIA at the Battle of Amiens - George V (818241 Pte Wm T. MULDOWNEY). Naming is engraved. Very crisp detail, contact marks, better than very fine. Accompanied by copies of his Index Cards, Attestation Paper, Service Records, Medical Records (including a sketch of his gun shot wound stitching) and Pay Records. Footnote: John (referred to as "William T") Muldowney was born in April 1898 in Winchester, Hants, England. His last address was Roxbury, Massachusetts before he signed his Attestation Paper with the 140th Infantry Battalion on June 14, 1916 in Saint John, New Brunswick, at the age of eighteen, naming his next-of-kin as his mother, Rose (Rosabella) Muldowney of Winchester, stating that he had no previous military service, that he was not married and that his trade was that of Labourer. He is referred to as John Muldowney througout his paperwork, with only mention of his name as William T. Muldowney on two of his Index Cards and the engraving on his Memorial Cross. The Battalion was raised in New Brunswick with mobilization headquarters at Saint John, under the authority of G.O. 151, December 22, 1915. The Battalion sailed September 25, 1916 from Halifax, Nova, Scotia, aboard the S.S. Corsican, under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel L.H. Bee with a strength of 33 officers and 820 other ranks, including Muldowney. He arrived in Liverpool, England on October 6th and after one month, was transferred to the Royal Canadian Regiment & Princess Patricia's Light Infantry Depot, Caesars Camp at Shorncliffe on November 2nd. Five weeks later, on December 7, 1916, he was admitted to Raven's Croft Military Hospital at Seaford, Sussex and diagnosed with a case of bronchitis. He was to remain here for the entire month of December for treatment, being discharged on the 31st. The new year saw a return to the Royal Canadian Regiment & Princess Patricia's Light Infantry Depot on January 4, 1917, now designated as the 7th Reserve Battalion at Seaford. Three weeks later, he was stuck off strength to the 13th Reserve Battalion at Seaford on January 26th. He was to remain with the 13th Reserve Battalion until being struck off strength on proceeeding overseas with the 26th Infantry Battalion "New Brunswick Battalion" at Shoreham on April 20th. He was taken on strength by the 26th Battalion on the 21st, joining them in the field on the 23rd. After serving with the 26th Battalion for four months, on August 15, 1917, Muldowney was wounded at the Battle of Lens, suffering a severe gun shot wound to the right thigh. He was invalided to England and admitted to Tooting Military Hospital, Church Lane, on August 21st. The bullet was removed by incision. Ten days later, he was transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital at Hillingdon on September 1st, later being discharged on September 25th. It was declared that he had "healed", that he exhibited "no fracture or disability" and that he had gained "full movement" once again. He was transferred to the 3rd Canadian Convalescent Depot on December 7, 1917, then declared "Fit for Duty" and struck off strength to the 13th Reserve Battalion on December 13th. He was stationed at the 2nd Canadian Infantry Base Depot with the 13th Reserve Battalion, when he was again struck off strength and returned to the 26th Infantry Battalion on March 28, 1918. He left for the Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp on April 3rd, arriving the next the day, soon leaving the CCRC for the 26th Infantry Battalion, joining them in the field on April 16th. August proved to be a fateful month in battle again for Muldowney. He was with the 26th Infantry Battalion at the Battle of Amiens, when on the first day of the battle, on August 8, 1918, he was Killed in Action. This first day of battle is also known as the first day of the Hundred Days Offensive that ultimately led to the end of the First World War. He is buried at Wood Cemetery, Marcelcave Somme, France, Grave Reference: A. 2. The cemetery is twenty-four kilometres east of Amiens in the Department of the Somme. His mother, Rose, received his Memorial Cross. Muldowney was also awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal for his war service, which are not included here.