Memorial Cross to Acting Sergeant Thomas D. Carmichael, Canadian Forestry Corps
Memorial Cross to Acting Sergeant Thomas D. Carmichael, Canadian Forestry Corps - George V (2251106 A-Sgt. T.D. CARMICHAEL). Naming is officially engraved. Dark patina, on original neck ribbon, extremely fine. In its hardshelled case of issue, lightly soiled interior, case very fine. Accompanied by copies of his Index Cards, Attestation Paper, Service Records, Medical Records and Discharge Certificates. Footnote: Thomas Davis Carmichael was born on January 26, 1870 in Weastmeath Township, Renfrew County, Ontario. He was married to Margaret Carmichael and together they had four sons (Hugh, Devreau, Clifton and Kenneth), all of which were young adults when their father enlisted in the CEF. He signed his Attestation Paper as part of No. 4 Haileybury Forestry Draft, on March 28, 1917 in Sudbury, Ontario, at the age of 47, naming his next-of-kin as his wife, Margaret Carmichael of Haileybury, stating that he had no previous military service, that he was Married and that his trades were that of Miner, Carpenter and Millwright. He was well above the average age of a CEF man and embarked Halifax, Nova Scotia aboard the S.S. Justicia, on June 22, 1917, arriving in Liverpool, England on July 5th and taken on strength at the Canadian Forestry Corps Base Depot at Sunningdale. Three weeks later, he was posted to No. 60 Company, Canadian Forestry Corps in France on July 28, 1917, arriving in France and appointed Acting Sergeant on the 30th. His continued exposure to damp surroundings in the Fall, along with an old infection in his left knee, forced Carmichael to be admitted to Marseille Stationary Hospital in Marseille, France on November 8, 1917, where he also reverted to the rank of Private upon admission. It was determined that his condition necessitated that he be invalided to England on December 9th and was admitted to Bath War Hospital the following day. After almost four weeks at Bath, he was transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital at Bearwood, Wokingham, Berkshire on January 5, 1918, where he was described as having "Rheumatism". It was at Bearwood that his true age and condition were documented: "Patient is 57 years old (and) suffers from Myalgia (muscle pain, a symptom of many diseases and disorders) pains in (the) back and legs." His condition was not improving, when he was transferred to No. 5 Canadian General Hospital, Kirkdale at Liverpool on February 22nd, where it was noted that he "Looks older than (his) stated age. Has palpable vessels, probably general arteriosclerosis. Complains of pain in limb." Carmichael was invalided to Canada on March 28th, aboard His Majesty's Hospital Ship Llandovery Castle, with "no change" to his condition during the voyage, arriving in Canada on April 8th. He was transferred from the Clearing Depot to the Hospital Section at Whitby Military Hospital on April 11, 1918, where he would be treated until May 21st. In his Medical History of an Invalid, dated May 16, 1918 at Whitby Military Hospital, his age was confirmed as 57, which would have made him 56 and not the 47 he stated when he enlisted in March 1917. The Medical Officer noted that "He has slight pains in (his) left knee and leg especially in damp weather." and that "Five years ago (1913) he sprained his left knee, was in bed one week. Knee swelled. No trouble in it until Nov. 1917 when he was exposed to wet weather it became painful. He has weak near sight but no more son than usual for his age. He is wearing properly fitted glasses which give relief in close work." The Medical Officer recommended that Carmichael be discharged. He was transferred to the Casualty Company on May 30th and was discharged due to "Physical Unfitness" on June 14, 1918, at Military District No. 2 in Toronto, Ontario, his age stated as 57 and his conduct noted as "Very Good", credited with having served in England and France. He died on September 16, 1930, at the age of 79 and since his medical problems were discovered when he was in the army, his widow, Margaret, received his Memorial Cross.