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A Military Medal Group to Private King who was Killed at Vimy

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A Military Medal Group to Private King who was Killed at Vimy

An Military Medal Group to the 36th Canadian Infantry; Vimy KIA - Military Medal (406342 Pte F. KING. 1/CAN:INF:BN:); 1914-15 Star (406342 Pte F. KING. 1/CAN:INF.); and British War Medal (406342 L. CPL. F. KING. 1-CAN.INF.). Naming is officially impressed. Un-mounted, original ribbons, dark patina on the silver medals, wear evident on one Star tip, edge nicks, light contact, better than very fine. Accompanied by a Military Medal Ribbon Bar (13.2 mm x 32 mm, with pinback) and a Colour Photograph of King's Grave Marker (gloss finish, 102 mm x 151 mm). (C:4)   Footnote: Frederick George King was born on March 7, 1884 in St. Catharines, Ontario, the son of John W. King and Sarah E. King. He signed his Attestation Paper as a Private (406342) with the 36th Infantry Battalion, on April 15, 1915, in Hamilton, Ontario, at the age of 31, enlisting as "Fred King", naming his next-of-kin as his father, J.W. King of St. Catharines, stating that he belonged to an Active Militia, the 19th Lincoln and Welland Regiment, that he was not married and that his trade was that of Butcher. The Battalion was raised and mobilized in Hamilton, Ontario under the authority of G.O. 86, July 1, 1915. The Battalion sailed June 19, 1915 under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel E.C. Ashton with a strength of 39 officers and 1,004 other ranks. In England, the Battalion was absorbed into the 3rd Reserve Battalion. King was transferred as a reinforcement to the 1st Infantry Battalion and entered the French theatre on September 29, 1915. King was awarded the Military Medal for actions at Ypres, as mentioned in the Supplement to the London Gazette 29731 of Friday, September 1, 1916, on the same date, page 8659. His citation for the medal reads as follows: "On the 9th July 1916, the enemy opened a very intense bombardment with heavy artillery and trench mortars on the trenches on Observatory Ridge, occupied by the 1st Canadian Battalion. This bombardment was kept up for three hours. As all the wires were destroyed communication could only be kept up by runners. Observatory Ridge was alternately bombarded with the result that the communication trenches has ceased to exist and runners had to make their way over the shell-swept open ground in carrying messages between Battn. H.Q.’s and the front line. This man and four others volunteered for this work and repeatedly carried messages between Battn. H.Q. and the front, and it was due to their gallant work that the commanding Officer was kept informed of the conditions in the trenches and of the enemy’s movements." He was later promoted to the rank of Lance Corporal with the 1st Infantry Battalion, Western Ontario Regiment. King was severely wounded in attacks on Vimy Ridge on April 14, 1917 and died of his wounds the same day, at the age of 33. He is buried in Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France, Grave Reference: XXII. H. 2. and is commemorated on page 268 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.  (C:4)  
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