A Military Medal to the CMGC for the Defence of the Somme 1918
A Military Medal to the CMGC for the Defence of the Somme 1918 - Military Medal, GRV (812182 Pte H. ROSS. CAN:M.G.C.); and British War Medal (812182 PTE. H. ROSS. 49-CAN.INF.). Naming is officially impressed. Un-mounted, edge nicks, contact marks, very fine. Accompanied by an original Studio Photograph of Ross in his 138th Infantry Battalion Uniform (black and white, inscribed in pencil "Pte H. Ross / #812182 / 138 Bn, 49 Bn, CanMGC / Canadian Expeditionary Force" on the reverse, 96 mm x 138 mm, edge wear, cracked, tears), along with copies of his Index Cards, Attestation Paper, Service Records, Medical Records, Pay Records, Discharge Certificates and Department of Veteran Affairs Death Notification. Footnote: Hugh Ross was born on August 15, 1872 in Earltown, Nova Scotia. He was a resident of Grande Prairie, Alberta when he signed his Attestation Paper with the 138th Infantry Battalion "Edmonton Battalion", on May 3, 1916 in Edmonton, Alberta, at the age of 43, naming his next-of-kin as his brother, Alex Ross of Earltown (later Truro, Nova Scotia), stating that he had no previous military service, that he was not married and that his trade was that of Teamster. His religion was Presbyterian and his mother, Christine Ross was still alive when he enlisted, but his father had previously passed away. The Battalion was raised and mobilized in Edmonton, Alberta under the authority of G.O. 151, December 22, 1915. The Battalion sailed from Halifax, Nova Scotia on August 22, 1916, aboard the S.S. Olympic, under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel R. Belcher with a strength of 42 officers and 870 other ranks, arriving in Liverpool, England on the 30th. The Battalion was broken up and absorbed into the 47th, 50th, 128th, 137th and 175th Infantry Battalions, with Ross being transferred to the 128th on December 8th. Five days later, he was transferred to the 49th Infantry Battalion on December 13, 1916, arriving at the Base Depot in France the following day, leaving for his new unit on January 14, 1917 and joined them on the 17th. One month later, he was attached to 7th Trench Mortar Battery on February 20, 1917, serving along side them for four months, until June 27th, when he encountered medical issues and was evacuated "sick". Ross was admitted to No. 4 General Hospital Dannes at Camiers on June 28th and diagnosed with "Myalgia" (muscle pain, a symptom of many diseases and disorders, with the most common causes being the overuse or over-stretching of a muscle or group of muscles; Myalgia without a traumatic history is often due to viral infections). After five days treatment, he was transferred to No. 6 Convalescent Depot at Etaples on July 3rd, then discharged to the Base Depot at Etaples on the 5th. He was sent to the Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp onSeptember 15th, then returned to the 49th Infantry Battalion in the field on January 17, 1918. Ross suffered a shrapnel (gun shot) wound to his right eye during the German Offensive in the Somme, on March 15, 1918. He was admitted to No. 1 Casualty Clearing Hospital that day and after three days, was discharged to duty on the 18th. For his bravery that day, he would later be awarded the Military Medal after the war, the announcement appearing in the Third Supplement to the London Gazette 31430 of Tuesday, July 1, 1919, on Thursday, July 3, 1919, page 8351. Four weeks later, he was attached to the 3rd Battalion, Canadian Machine Gun Corps on April 15th, then officially transferred to the 3rd on April 30th and served the remainder of the war years with them. Upon the ceasing of hostilities, Ross proceeded to England on February 16, 1919. In his Medical History of an Invalid, dated March 7, 1919 at Bramshott, the doctor noted that Ross suffered from "Hypermetropia" (commonly known as farsightness, a defect of vision caused by an imperfection in the eye, often when the eyeball is too short or the lens cannot become round enough, causing difficulty focusing on near objects). He went on to describe Ross' "Defective Vision" and "Left Squint", which was a congenital condition dating back to the days of Ross' childhood in Nova Scotia. He was attached to the 9th Brigade, Canadian Field Artillery on March 13, 1919, then struck off strength of the Overseas Military Forces of Canada, sailing for Canada from Southampton, England aboard the S.S. Olympic, on March 17th. Ross was discharged upon demobilization, on March 31, 1919 at Dispersal Station "B", Military District No. 6 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, entitled to wear the War Service Badge, Class "A", number 145574. Ross died on March 14, 1962 at Shaughessy Hospital in Vancouver, British Columbia, at the age of 89.