First War to a Canadian Vimy Officer Casualty
A First War to a Canadian Vimy Ridge Casualty - 1914-15 Star (LIEUT. D.E. MUNN. R. CAN: R.); and Victory Medal (CAPT. D.E. MUNN.). Naming is officially impressed. Un-mounted, light contact, better than very fine. Accompanied by copies of his Index Cards, Attestation Paper, Service Records, Pay Records, Medical Records and assorted research papers. Footnote: Daniel Ellsworth Munn was born on May 30, 1887 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, the son of Angus and Sarah Agnes Munn, of New Westminster, British Columbia. He signed his Attestation Paper as a Lieutenant with the 47th Infantry Battalion, on March 24, 1915 in New Westminster, naming his next-of-kin as his father, Angus, stating that he had previous military service with the 6th Regiment Duke of Connaught's Own Rifles and the 104th Regiment Westminster Fusiliers of Canada, that he was not married and that his trade as that of Estate & Insurance Broker. The Battalion was raised in British Columbia under the authority of G.O. 86, July 1, 1915. The mobilization headquarters was at New Westminster. The Battalion sailed November 13, 1915, under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel W.N. Winsby with a strength of 36 officers, including Munn and 1,114 other ranks. He was later transferred to the Royal Canadian Regiment and soon found himself in the French theatre. Munn was admitted to No. 9 Field Ambulance suffering from Influenza and Constipation and transferred to Mont des Cats the same day, June 13, 1916. He was again transferred, this time to No. 12 Casualty Clearing Station, where he received further treatment before rejoining his unit on July 7th. He was named Acting Captain on November 8, 1916, however, six months later, he was wounded during a trench raid on December 10, 1916. He was transferred to No. 3 General Hospital at Le Treport with a "slight gun shot wound to his scalp" on December 17th. He was absent from the ceremony where he was to receive his promotion to Captain, as he was still recovering from wounds. He was evacuated to England via the Hospital Ship Dunluce Castle and transferred to Mrs. Arnold's, 47 Roland Garden S.W. British Hospital on the 24th. Upon further assessment, he has suffering from gun shot wounds to his right forehead (temporal region) and the second finger on his right hand. He "had headaches for sometime after (the) injury" and by the end of December it was noted that "this Officer suffered the disability noted at Army Form A45a. Wounds healed. General health good except for lack of energy.", although his "nervous system (was) somewhat weakened." He was discharged on the 30th and deemed "unfit for service" for one month following his discharge, until being cleared for service beginning on January 29, 1917. The following week, he proceeded overseas to rejoin the Royal Canadian Regiment on February 6, 1917, arriving in France on the 7th. He was transferred to the 3rd Entrenchment Battalion on February 11th and named Temporary Captain on February 28, 1917. Munn was in command of "A" Company, stationed on the left side of the ridge, when he was wounded on the latter half of the first day of action, late on April 9 or early on April 10 at the Battle of Vimy Ridge. He was hospitalized at No. 6 Casualty Clearing Station and died from his wounds on April 18, 1917, at the age of 29. He is buried at Barlin Communal Cemetery at Pas de Calais, France, Grave Reference: II. A. 2. The extension of the cemetery was begun by French troops in October 1914 and when they moved south in March 1916 to be replaced by Commonwealth forces, it was used for burials by the 6th Casualty Clearing Station. In November 1917, Barlin began to be shelled and the hospital was moved back to Ruitz, but the extension was used again in March and April 1918 during the German advance on this front. His father, Angus, received his medals, plaque and scroll, while his mother, Sarah, received his Memorial Cross (AKA Cross of Sacrifice).