A Memorial Cross to the 78th Canadian Battalion; Vimy Ridge
A Memorial Cross to the 78th Canadian Battalion; Vimy Ridge - British War Medal (148374 PTE. A. ROUSSIN. 78-CAN.INF.); and Memorial Cross (148374 Pte A. ROUSSIN-). Naming is officially impressed on the BWM and officially engraved on the MC. Very crisp detail, light contact, the MC in its hardshelled case of issue, near extremely fine. Accompanied by a Religious Charm (silver, illustrating Jesus on one side and the Virgin Mary holding Baby Jesus on the other, 13 mm), along with a CD containing ten pages with copies of his Index Cards, Attestation Paper, Service Records, Medical Records and Military Will. Footnote: Alfred Roussin was born on February 13, 1881 in Ste. Anne (full name: Sainte-Anne-des-Chênes), Manitoba. He signed his Attestation Paper with the 78th Infantry Battalion "Winnipeg Grenadiers" on November 5, 1915 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, naming his mother, Rose Roussin (later Falcon) of St. Anne as his next-of-kin, stating that he had no previous military service, that he was not married and that his trade was that of Labourer. The Battalion was raised and mobilized in Winnipeg under the authority of G.O. 103A, August 15, 1915. The Battalion sailed May 20, 1916 from Halifax, Nova Scotia, aboard the S.S. Empress of Britain, under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel J. Kirkcaldy with a strength of 37 officers and 1,097 other ranks, including Private Roussin. They arrived in Liverpool, England on May 29th. After six weeks in England, he embarked Southampton on August 12, 1916 for service in the French theatre, arriving on the 13th. The following spring, on April 9, 1917, at the Battle of Vimy Ridge, Private Roussin was in action with the 78th Infantry Battalion, when he was first declared "Missing", and later, "Killed in Action". He is remembered with honour at the Vimy Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. At the base of the memorial, these words appear in French and in English: "TO THE VALOUR OF THEIR COUNTRYMEN IN THE GREAT WAR AND IN MEMORY OF THEIR SIXTY THOUSAND DEAD THIS MONUMENT IS RAISED BY THE PEOPLE OF CANADA." Inscribed on the ramparts of the Vimy Memorial are the names of over 11,000 Canadian soldiers who were posted as "'missing, presumed dead" in France. In his Military Will, dated August 9, 1916, is states that "I hereby will and bequeath all my personal belongings and money to my mother, Mrs. Rose Roussin, Ste Annes, Manitoba". In addition, his mother received his British War Medal and his Memorial Cross.