Awards to 1st Canadian Ammunition Column; Wounded at Amiens
Awards to 1st Canadian Ammunition Column; Wounded at Amiens - 1914-15 Star (29322 DVR: J. FRASER. 1/CAN:DIV: A.C.); and Victory Medal (29322 GNR. J. FRASER. C.F.A.). Naming is officially impressed. Un-mounted, original ribbons, contact marks and gilt wear on the VM, better than very fine. Accompanied by his CEF For Service At The Front Badge (bronze and enamels, numbered "71094" on the reverse, 22.3 mm, screwback), plus copies of his Index Cards, Attestation Paper, Service Records, Medical Records, Discharge Certificate, War Service Gratuity Statement and Department of Veterans Affairs Death Notification. Footnote: John Fraser was born on May 18, 1889 in Oban, Scotland. He signed his Attestation Paper as a Private with the 16th Infantry Battalion, "Canadian Scottish", on September 23, 1914 in Valcartier, Quebec, naming his next-of-kin as Duncan Fraser of Greenock, Scotland, later changing his next-of-kin in 1918 to his wife, Mrs. John (Hannah) Fraser of Aberdeen, Scotland, stating that he had previous military service with the Argyle Mountain Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery in Scotland, that he was not married and that his trade was that of Painter. The unit sailed for England on October 3, 1914 and upon arrival, was transferred to the 17th Reserve Battalion, then transferred to the Reserve Depot at Shorncliffe on March 26th. He was at No. 2 Depot Battery on April 22nd, preparing to go to the French theatre, arriving in France on May 13th and was taken on strength of the 1st Canadian Divisional Ammunition Column, as a Driver. He was later to see action in the French and Belgian theatres, transferred as a Gunner to the 3rd Infantry Brigade, 1st Canadian Division, Canadian Field Artillery. In January 1916, he was attached to the Canadian Engineers for two weeks. Fraser was wounded on August 20, 1918, at the Battle of Amiens, suffering gun shot (shrapnel) wounds in the neck, right leg and right foot. He was initially treated at the Casualty Clearing Station before being transferred to the Stationary Hospital at Wimereux on the 22nd, due to the severity of his wounds. It was here that a piece of shrapnel was removed from his neck, as the injury was caused him difficulty in breathing. By August 25th, he was declared "dangerously ill" and transferred to No. 32 General Hospital at Boulogne, where a tracheotomy was performed and a tube applied. In addition, the wound in the sole of his foot was stitched up. He was treated with surgical dressings and a special diet was ordered. Fraser was invalided to England and placed at No. 16 Canadian General Hospital at Orpington on September 6th, where he continued his recuperation and had the stitches removed from his foot. Fraser was granted permission to marry his future wife, Hannah Fraser, on October 26th, two days before he was discharged from hospital on October 28th, having spent a total of ten weeks in hospitals in France and England. He was then placed on command at the Canadian Convalescent Depot. He returned to Canada aboard the S.S. Aquitania on January 19, 1919. In his Medical History of an Invalid, dated February 15, 1919, at No. 10 Military District in Winnipeg, Manitoba, his medical history was reviewed. The doctors noted that he had difficulty in breathing and difficulty in walking and projected that he would require a minimum of one years' recuperation. Fraser was discharged from active service at No. 10 Military District in Winnipeg, as being "medically unfit", on February 27, 1919, at the age of 29, entitled to wear the War Service Badges, Class "A", number 71094 and Class "B", number H7144, credited with having served in Canada, Great Britain, France and Belgium. He was also paid a War Gratuity in the amount of $600.00. Fraser died on May 14, 1968 at Deer Lodge Hospital, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, at the age of 78.