A Queen's South Africa Medal to a French Canadian; Can.M.R.
A Queen's South Africa Medal to a French Canadian; Can.M.R. - TRANSVAAL, SOUTH AFRICA 1902 (16 Pte S.T. WILLETT. CANADIAN M.R.). Naming is officially impressed. Dark patina, extremely fine. Accompanied by copies of his Attestation Paper, Service Records, Roll of Individuals Entitled to the QSA with Clasps, along with three Letters. Footnote: Stanley Thomas Willett was born in 1876 in Chambly-Canton, Chambly County, Quebec. He signed his Attestation Paper with the 2nd Regiment, Canadian Mounted Rifles, on December 9, 1901, in Montreal, Quebec, at the age of 25 years and 7 months, naming his next-of-kin as his father, Brock Willett of Chambly-Canton, stating that he had no previous military service, that he was not married and that his trade was that of Manufacturer of Woolens. His assigned regimental number was "5736" but was issued "16" for the South African expedition. After the war, he returned to Canada, working for the Richelieu Woollen Mills in Chambly-Canton. In September 1904, he was in correspondence with Colonel B.H. Vidal, Acting Adjutant General at Militia Headquarters in Ottawa, Ontario. Using the company letterhead with his name at the top left corner, Willett stated that he had fought with the 2nd Regiment, Canadian Mounted Rifles in South Africa and that he had been discharged accordingly. He felt that he was entitled to the Queen's South Africa Medal and inquired as to how he would go about getting it. Colonel Vidal explained the process and required documents necessary, in order to confirm Willett's request. In a letter addressed to Willett, from Militia Headquarters in Ottawa, dated October 3, 1904 and signed by Colonel B.H. Vidal, it stated that "I have the honour to forward herewith the Queen's South Africa Medal and 2 clasps, to which you are entitled on account of your service with the 2nd Regiment, Canadian Mounted Rifles. Your discharge certificate is returned herewith."