A Second War Medal Pair to the 169th Canadian Infantry Battalion
A Second War Medal Pair to the 169th Canadian Infantry Battalion - British War Medal (678202 SPR. C. NORTH. C.E.); and Victory Medal (678202 SPR. C. NORTH. C.E.). Naming is officially impressed. Court-mounted, light contact, near extremely fine. Accompanied by his Identification Tags (bakelite, one is round, the other octagonal, each stamped "C. NORTH 6. BN. C.E. 678202 BAP.", 35 mm and 33 mm x 39 mm respectively, on a leather string); his CEF For Service at the Front Badge (bronze and enamels, numbered "152567" on the reverse, 22.7 mm, screwback); an Officer's Wound Badge (sterling silver, hallmarked and marked "STERLING" on the reverse, hand-engraved ornate floral design on the obverse, 6.2 mm x 78.8 mm, swing bar pinback); two Period Photographs (one is black and white, with North in uniform, wearing his 169th Infantry Battalion cap badge, taken outside, 82 mm x 133 mm, with post card backer; the other is sepia-toned, studio portrait of North in uniform, wearing his Canada General Service Cap badge, collar tabs, "INF." and CANADA" shoulder titles, 95 mm x 140 mm; both with residue on their reverses from previous board mounting); along with copies of his Index Cards, Attestation Paper, Service Records, Medical Records, Pay Records and Discharge Certificates. Footnote: Charles North was born on September 7, 1889 in Toronto, Ontario. He signed his Attestation Paper as a Private with the 169th Infantry Battalion "109th Regiment", on February 14, 1916 in Toronto, at the age of 26, naming his next-of-kin as his mother, Amelia North of Toronto, stating that he had no previous military service, that he was not married and that his trade was that of Jeweller. The Battalion was raised and mobilized in Toronto, Ontario under the authority of G.O. 69, July 15, 1916. During training at Niagara Camp, North was admitted for six days to the Niagara Casualty Clearing Centre on August 12th with an undisclosed illness, before returning to duty on the 18th. The 169th Battalion sailed October 17, 1916 aboard the S.S. Metagama, under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel J.G. Wright with a strength of 32 officers and 887 other ranks, arriving in England on the 28th. In England, the Battalion was absorbed into the 5th Reserve Battalion. North was transferred to the 2nd Pioneer Battalion at Bramshott for overseas service, now a Sapper, on November 28, 1916, arriving in Le Havre, France on the 29th and joining his new unit in the field on December 3rd. The following Spring, he was admitted to No. 5 Canadian Field Ambulance with "P.U.O." (Pyrexia of Unknown Origin = fever) on May 16, 1917 and after four days rest, rejoined his unit on the 20th. He was awarded one Good Conduct Badge on February 14, 1918, with his unit now known as the 2nd Pioneer Battalion, Canadian Engineers, as of March 10th. Three months after his unit's new designation, he was transferred to the 6th Battalion, Canadian Engineers on June 5, 1918 and attended the 6th Corps School on June 17th. Late that Fall, North was listed as "sick" on November 4, 1918, with a "carbuncle" (an abscess larger than a boil, usually caused by a bacterial infection, which can be lethal and is contagious) on his neck/back. He was initially treated in the field, but it grew larger, forcing him to be admitted to No. 26 General Hospital at Camiers on November 12th. Ten days later, he was invalided to England and admitted to Tankerton Hospital at Whitstable and posted to the Canadian Engineer Reinforcement Depot at Seaford on November 22. He was admitted for ten days to No. 9 Canadian General Hospital at Shorncliffe on December 3rd, which was followed by eleven days recuperation at Princess Patricia Canadian Red Cross Hospital at Cooden Camp, Rexhill, beginning on December 13, 1918, before being discharged on January 24th and posted to the 2nd Canadian Engineer Railway Battalion at Seaford. Shortly thereafter, North was attached to the Canadian Concentration Camp, Kinmel Park for return to Canada. He was struck off strength of the Overseas Military Forces of Canada and sailed for Canada from Liverpool, England aboard H.M.T. Caronia on March 29, 1919, arriving in Canada on April 5th. Sapper Charles North was discharged upon demobilization on April 8, 1919, at No. 2 District Depot in Toronto, at the age of 29, entitled to wear the War Service Badge, number 152567.