An India, South Africa, & First War Military Medal Group
An India, South Africa, & First War Military Medal Group - Military Medal, George V (76211 SJT: J.C. STOCKER. 29/CAN:INF:); India Medal 1895-1902, 2 Clasps - PUNJAB FRONTIER 1897-98, TIRAH 1897-98 (3706 Lce Corpl J.C. Stocker 2d Bn York: Regt); Queen's South Africa Medal, 2 Clasps - TRANSVAAL, SOUTH AFRICA 1902 (3706 Pte J. STOCKER. YORKS: REGt); 1914-15 Star (76211 Pte J.C. STOCKER. 29/CAN:INF:); British War Medal (76211 SJT. J.C. STOCKER. 29-CAN.INF.); Victory Medal (76211 SJT. J.C. STOCKER. 29-CAN.INF.); and Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, 2nd Type (Cr SGt J.V. STOCKER. STAFF OF ARMY). Naming is engraved in running script on the India Medal, inverted; naming on the ALSGCM engraved in italic capitals, the initial "C" impressed as "V"; naming on the other five medals is officially impressed. Un-mounted, original ribbons, dark patinas, edge nicks on the IM and QSA, light contact, near extremely fine. Accompanied by a 15 mm x 70 mm Ribbon Bar (British War Medal and Victory Medal); an envelope marked "Royal Mint." (originally housing the Military Medal, 49 mm x 70 mm); the original cover to his Military Medal Cardboard Box (stamped "THE MILITARY MEDAL" and typed "76211 Sjt. J.C. Stocker, 29/Can.Inf.", marked in black ink "STOCKER" on its folded over side panel, 58 mm x 85 mm); two Letters from the Adjutant-General, Canadian Militia (one accompanying the 1914-15 Star, 125 mm x 138 mm, fold marks; the other accompanying the Military Medal, 85 mm x 125 mm, soiled and severed); a Bethnel Green Military Hospital Fund Letter (accompanying the Pocket Wallet and Khaki Pocket Handerchiefs he received while in hospital, signed by the Mayor of Bethnel Green, inscribed in blue ink "Bethanl (sic) Green Hospital / Sgt J.C. Stocker", 213 mm x 234 mm, soiled and severed), his Newspaper Obituary (newsprint, 22 mm x 48 mm); and three Photographs (black and white: a Studio Portrait of Stocker with two others in Uniform, studio marked "T. Price & Son St HELIERS JERSEY" and dated in pencil "1893", 100 mm x 137 mm photograph mounted to a thick 105 mm x 157 mm card backer, faded to a sepia-toned look; a Studio Portrait of two Soldiers in Uniform, with John Christie Stocker at the right wearing his India Medal with two clasps, studio marked "K.B. Modi Photo. UMBALLA CANTT PUNJAB, INDIA.", 98 mm x 135 mm photograph mounted to a thick 107 mm x 164 mm card backer; and a Field Group Portrait of Eleven Men in Front of a Tent, studio marked "M DEAS Beaufort West", 102 mm x 146 mm photograph mounted to a thick 108 mm x 166 mm card backer). Footnote: John Christie Stocker was born on March 19, 1875 in Manchester, England. He served with the 2nd Battalion Yorkshire Regiment in the North West Frontier of the Indian theatre and for his service, he was awarded the India Medal 1895-1902 with two clasps (Punjab Frontier 1897-98 and Tirah 1897-98). He followed his service in India with service during the Boer War, and for his service in South Africa, he was awarded the Queen's South Africa Medal with two clasps (Transvaal and South Africa 1902). He returned to England after the war and later immigrated to Canada, settling on the West Coast. Stocker signed his Attestation Paper as a Private (76211) with the 29th Infantry Battalion "Tobin's Tigers"/"Vancouver Regiment", on March 5, 1915, in Vancouver, British Columbia, officially enlisting on March 18th, two weeks shy of his fortieth birthday, naming his next-of-kin as his sister, Annie Cowan of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, stating that he had previous military service (although not stated with whom, the reference was to his service with the Imperial Forces), that he was Single and that his trade was that of Draughtsman. The Battalion was raised and mobilized in Vancouver, British Columbia under the authority of G.O. 36, March 15, 1915. The Battalion sailed May 20, 1915 with a strength of 37 officers and 1,090 other ranks under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel H.S. Tobin. The Battalion served in France and Belgium with the 6th Infantry Brigade, 2nd Division. He was later promoted to Sergeant and at one point, he was hospitalized at Bethnel Green Military Hospital in London and received a pocket wallet and khaki pocket handerchiefs during his stay, courtesy of the Mayor of Bethnel Green. Sergeant Stocker was awarded the Military Medal, as mentioned in the Fourth Supplement to the London Gazette 30498 of Friday, January 25, 1918, on Monday, January 28, 1918, page 1405. He returned to his home in British Columbia after the war. Stocker died on March 26, 1951, in White Rock, British Columbia, at the age of 75, survived by his wife, Grace and one son, John, his burial taking place at Surrey Centre on March 29th.