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  • A Military Medal Group to 24th Canadian Infantry; Wounded at Vimy
  • A Military Medal Group to 24th Canadian Infantry; Wounded at Vimy
  • A Military Medal Group to 24th Canadian Infantry; Wounded at Vimy

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A Military Medal Group to 24th Canadian Infantry; Wounded at Vimy

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A Military Medal Group to 24th Canadian Infantry; Wounded at Vimy

A Military Medal Group to 24th Canadian Infantry; Wounded at Vimy - Military Medal (415444 Pte G.W. KENNEDY. 24/QUEBEC R); British War Medal (415444 L.CPL. G.W. KENNEDY. 24-CAN.INF.); and Victory Medal (415444 L.CPL. G.W. KENNEDY. 24-CAN.INF.). Naming is officially impressed. Unmounted, very crisp detail, dark patinas on the silver medals, original ribbons, extremely fine. Accompanied by a CD containing twenty pages with copies of his Index Cards, Attestation Paper, Service Records, Medical Records and Discharge Certificates. Footnote: George Wilfred Kennedy was born on April 5, 1899 in Ship Harbour, Nova Scotia, although he stated his birth year as 1897, in order to obtain admission into the CEF. He signed his Attestation Paper on July 29, 1915 with the 40th Battalion at Halifax (Aldershot), Nova Scotia, without the authorities knowing that he was a minor by two years and was cleared for military service on August 10th. He listed his next-of-kin as his mother, Mrs. Emily Kennedy of Halifax, Nova Scotia and stated that he has no previous military service, that he was single and that his trade was that of Shipper. The Battalion was raised in Nova Scotia, under the authority of G.O. 86, July 1, 1915, with mobilization headquarters at Halifax (Aldershot). The Battalion left Canada on October 8, 1915 under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel A. Vincent with a strength of 45 officers and 1,090 other ranks, including Kennedy, arriving in England on October 28th. He was admitted to hospital on November 25, 1915 with a case of Influenza, treated, then discharged the next day. He embarked for the French theatre on March 15th, where he was transferred to the 24th Battalion (Quebec Regiment) on March 17, 1916, joining them in the field on the 20th. Early that Fall, he suffered a gunshot wound to his right arm and armpit on September 17, 1916, was treated in the field, then transferred to the No. 3 Convalescent Depot at LeTreport from September 23 to October 7, 1916. He returned to base to rejoin his unit on the 8th. The following Spring, Kennedy was at the Battle of Vimy Ridge in April 1917. He reported sick on May 4th at No. 5 Field Ambulance, suffering from the effects of gas poisoning from a gas shell and was sent to the 22nd Casualty Clearing Station on May 5th. He was then transferred to No. 14 General Hospital in Boulogne, France, reaching there on May 8th. His Medical Record states that a "gas shell exploded near him when he was coming back wounded from Vimy. Before he could get his mask on, he was coughing & vomiting & had 'burning' pains in his chest." He was transferred to the Edinburgh War Hospital at West Lothian, Scotland for further treatment on May 12th and transferred again to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital at Bromley, Kent, England on May 24th, staying there until the 30th. He was granted a Good Conduct Badge in the field on July 29, 1917. Kennedy was discharged from the 3rd Canadian Convalescent Depot at Seaford and transferred to the 23rd Reserve Battalion on September 7, 1917. He was to remain with the 23rd Reserve Battalion for ten weeks before being transferred to the 24th Battalion at Bramshott on November 16th, and destined to return to the French theatre. It was discovered that Kennedy was a minor, having stated his birth year as two years earlier (1897 and not 1899). He was then ordered to remain at base until he turned 19 years of age on April 5, 1918. He was on Class "A" Escort Duty from April 9 to 19, 1918, then appointed Lance Corporal in the field on May 3rd. He proceeded to England on April 27, 1919, then struck off strength to Canada on June 26th. He embarked Liverpool, England aboard S.S. Baltic on June 26th, arriving in Halifax, Nova Scotia on July 4th. Kennedy was discharged from service upon demobilization at Dispersal Station "B", Military District No. 6 in Halifax on July 5, 1919, having been credited with serving in Britain and France and earning a War Service Badge, Class "A". He is documented as having been issued his Military Medal as a Private with the 24th Battalion by 2nd Division Order 4285 on September 17, 1918 and was cited for it in the London Gazette 31173 on February 11, 1919. (C:4)
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