British War Medal - Canadian Pioneer Battalion
(409343 CPL. F. MARCOTTE. CAN. PNR. BN.). Naming is officially impressed. Very crisp detail, polished, without ribbon, light contact, better than very fine. Footnote: Frank Marcotte was born on March 7, 1880 in Mattawa, Ontario. He signed his Attestation Paper on August 31, 1915 at Camp Niagara, stating that he had no previous military service, that he was not married and that his trade was that of Lumberjack. Canada's eight Pioneer Battalions performed the same kind of duties as the Canadian Engineers, who were responsible for all defensive measures, including wiring, trenches, gun enplacements, offensive and defensive mining subways, roads, bridges, railways, medical accommodations, water supply and purification and numerous other vital tasks, including building storage huts and maintaining sanitation standards. Often working closely with the engineers, the Pioneers helped maintain open lines of communication. All the Pioneer Battalions, except the 1st Pioneer Battalion, were absorbed into the Canadian Engineers upon reorganization of that corps in 1917.