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An MBE Medal Group to the 20th Infantry Battalion


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An MBE Medal Group to the 20th Infantry Battalion

An MBE Medal Group to the  20th Infantry Battalion - Order of the British Empire, Officer: silver gilt, 49 mm x 63.5 mm, on civil ribbon with pinback, in its hardshelled case of issue, marked "O.B.E." on the lid, maker marked "ROYAL MINT" on the inside lid, with card marked "O.B.E. Mr. Sydney Thornton", extremely fine. Accompanied by a First World War Miniature Trio (1914-15 Star: bronze, 19.7 mm x 25.5 mm, British War Medal: silver, 18.3 mm, Victory Medal: bronze, 18.2 mm, mounted to a suspension with swing bar pinback), three CEF Identification Tags (two bakelite: one octagonal and one round, 33.2 mm x 38.6 mm and 35.5 mm respectively; one aluminum, 38.5 mm; all three stamped "57105 S.H. THORNTON 20th BATT. INFY. CANADIAN C E"), his Silver War Badge (silver, numbered "C72892" on the reverse, 33.3 mm, vertical pinback), three Canada Shoulder Titles (bronze, two maker marked "RODEN BROS 1916", the other is indistinguishable, 14.3 mm x 51 mm each, intact lugs and pins), two Canada Shoulder Titles (bronze, unmarked, 10.5 mm x 40.3 mm each, intact lugs and pins), one Canada General Service Cap Badge (bronze, unmarked, 36.5 mm x 37 mm, intact lugs and pin), one Canada General Service Cap Button (bronze, unmarked, 23.7 mm, intact loop), two Crown Sleeve Insignia (bronze, 27 mm x 28.2 mm, intact lugs and pins, with 38.5 mm brass support plates) and a 1914-15 Star Ribbon Bar (11.5 mm x 31.5 mm, pinback). Assorted items in a cardboard mailer box addressed to "Mr. Sydney H. Thornton / 5 E. Gittings Ave. / Baltimore Md" with U.S. One and Five Cent cancelled stamps on the lid, as obtained from the family. Footnote: Sydney Howard Thornton was born on June 6, 1894 in Liverpool, England. He signed his Attestation Paper with the 20th Infantry Battalion "1st Central Ontario Regiment", on November 12, 1914, in Toronto, Ontario, at the age of 20, naming his next-of-kin as his mother, Mrs. Howard Thornton of Liverpool, stating that he had one years' previous military service with the London Rifle Brigade, that he was not married and that his trade was that of Bank Clerk.  
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