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Swing mounted, comprising: 1914-15 Star (erased); British War Medal, impressed: MAJOR H.H. BURNHAM; Victory Medal with MID, impressed: MAJOR H.H. BURNHAM; CVSM; War Medal 1939-45; Italy, Al Valore Militare, silver (L.G. 30096, 26-3-1917). Last three un named as issued. In generally very fine condition. Dr. Howard Hampden Burnham was born in Toronto. He obtained his medical degree at U of T in 1914 after attending Model Scholl and Upper Canada College. He enlisted in the Canadian Medical Corps the year he graduated, as a lieutenant. He proceeded to England with the 2nd. Brigade Canadian Field Artillery, C.E.F. on the 3d October 1914. Served in France from the 9th February 1915 to the 8th of February 1917, when he was returned to England. He was mentioned in dispatches and recommended for D.S.O. while serving in the second Battle of Ypres (M.I.D. March 1915), the Battle of Festubert and the Battle of Givenchy. He was a Captain during the battles of Sanctuary Wood and the Somme in 1916. Promoted to rank of Major on the 10th November 1917, and returned to Canada and struck of strength 31st March 1919. Dr. Burnham was senior medical reserve army colonel in the Toronto district in World War Two. His only brother, Major Sydney Burnham D.S.O., was killed in action in August 1918. Italian Al Valore Militare confirmed, very rare award to a Canadian. Sold with copies of service records.
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