Memorial Cross & Mothers in Sacrifice Medal - Lt.Reeves M.C.
Memorial Cross (LIEUT. S.J. REEVES. M.C.), naming is officially engraved, unique sterling silver bow ribbon suspension, marked STERLING with pinback, near very fine; and International Order of Allied Mothers in Sacrifice Medal (bronze, engraved to MARION A. REEVES on the reverse, engraved in honour of SAMUEL J. REEVES on the lower suspension, upper suspension inscribed "ASSOCIATED KIN OF C.E.F, THE PEOPLE OF CANADA", maker marked WELLINGS MFG. CO. TORONTO, with ribbon and pinback), very fine. Accompanied by copies of his Officers' Declaration Paper, Service Records, Medical Records and Military Cross documentation. Footnote: Samuel John Reeves was born in Toronto, Ontario on August 3, 1894. He signed his Officers' Declaration Paper with the 170th Infantry Battalion, "Mississauga Horse", in Toronto on February 28, 1916, stating he was with the 9th Mississauga Horse, had had three years military service with the Queen's Own Rifles and that his trade was that of Banker. He embarked Halifax on August 23, 1916 aboard S.S. Olympic, disembarking in Liverpool on the 30th. After two months in England, he proceeeded overseas to the 15th Battalion in France on October 26, taken on strength on the 28th. Reeves was wounded on his right knee with barbed wire lacerations. He was cited for his Military Cross in the London Gazette of April 17, 1917, "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during a raid on the enemy's trenches. Although wounded, he led his men with great gallantry, and succeeded in establishing a "No Man's Land" for two and a half hours in order to find a wounded N.C.O.". In addition to the Military Cross, he was awarded the 1914-15 Star and the British War Medal, none of which are included with this pair. By August 1917, Reeves was put in charge of wiring at the front but was unable to complete his task, as he was struck by shrapnel, Killed in Action in the Battle for Hill 70, on August 16, 1917. Lieutenant A.H.C. Andrews, a former member of the Toronto Star reportorial staff, wrote to his mother about the successful venture on Hill 70 but went on to deliver the news to her about the loss of Reeves. "You will be sorry to hear that poor old John Reeves was killed instantly. His body is being brought out to-night and I hope to be the officer in charge of the firing party at his funeral." He was high revered by all, especially since winning his Military Cross and was a popular member of the Balmy Beach Canoe Club in Toronto. His mother, Marion, received his Memorial Cross.