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eMedals-A WWI Memorial Cross to the 2nd Battalion

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A WWI Memorial Cross to the 2nd Battalion



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A WWI Memorial Cross to the 2nd Battalion

A WWI Memorial Cross to the 2nd Battalion - British War Medal (636623 PTE. L.J. VANCE. 2-CAN.INF.); and Memorial Cross (636623 Pte. L.J. VANCE). Naming is officially impressed on the BWM and officially engraved on the memorial cross. Un-mounted, dark patina on the BWM, light contact, better than very fine.Footnote: Lee James Vance was born on August 13, 1893 in Elziver Township, Hastings, Ontario, the son of William Vance and Isabella Vance. He signed his Attestation Paper with the 155th Infantry Battalion "Quinte Battalion", on February 14, 1916 in Belleville, Ontario, naming his next-of-kin as his father, 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 in the Counties of Hastings and Prince Edward, Ontario with mobilization headquarters at Barriefield under the authority of G.O. 151, December 22, 1915. The Battalion sailed October 18, 1916 under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel M.K. Adams with a strength of 29 officers and 826 other ranks. They arrived in England aboard the S.S. Northland on October 28th, where the Battalion was broken up and absorbed into the 154th Infantry Battalion and the 6th Reserve Battalion. Vance was later transferred to the 2nd Infantry Battalion, Eastern Ontario Regiment as a reinforcement and was Killed in Action on May 14, 1917 at the Battle of Arras. He is buried at Bruay Communal Cemetery Extension, Pas de Calais, France, Grave Reference: G.23.
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