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  • 3rd Canadian Infantry Hill 70 Casualty
  • 3rd Canadian Infantry Hill 70 Casualty
  • 3rd Canadian Infantry Hill 70 Casualty

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3rd Canadian Infantry Hill 70 Casualty


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3rd Canadian Infantry Hill 70 Casualty

British War and Victory Medals (202080 PTE. H. SUTCLIFFE. 3-CAN. INF.); Memorial Cross (202080 Pte. H. SUTCLIFFE); Memorial Plaque (HERBERT SUTCLIFFE); plus Scroll (Pte. Herbert Sutcliffe, Candian Infantry Bn.); 95th Battalion Cap Badge; Toronto Regiment Cap Badge; and CANADA Shoulder Title. Very crisp detail, high relief, polished, extremely fine. All are encased in a three-section matted frame, under glass. Accompanied by copies of his Attestation Paper, Service Records, Medical Records, Military Will, War Gratutity Statement and a Newspaper Article. Footnote: Herbert Sutcliffe was born on February 1, 1882 in Leeds, Yorkshire, England. He emigrated to Canada around 1905 and had lived in Toronto about twelve years before enlisting. He signed his Attestation Paper on November 22, 1915 in Toronto, stating that he was married to Emily, that he had had eight years previous in the 3rd Battalion, Prince of Wales as a Private and that his trade was that of Scalesman with the Dominion Express Company. He was with the 95th Battalion, sailing for England on June 2, 1916 under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel R.K. Barker with a strength of 36 officers and 1,061 other ranks, including Sutcliffe. He arrived in England aboard the S.S. Olympic on June 8. He was transferred to the 3rd Battalion, Canadian Infantry, Central Ontario Regiment (Toronto Regiment) on October 4 and by the 17th was in the field. He fought at the Battle of Vimy Ridge, April 9 to 12 and then saw himself in hospital from May 1 to 15, 1917 with an ongoing case of diarrhea. Sutcliffe was at the Battle of Hill 70 from August 17 to 21, when he was Killed in Action on August 21 at the age of 35, the only man killed on this date. He is remembered with honour in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Loos, France and is the only 3rd Battalion man buried in the cemetery. He was survived by his wife in Toronto, Emily, to whom he left all his property and effects, his two year old daughter and his seven month old son. His war medals and plaque went to her and she was paid a war gratutuity of $100.00 in 1920. His English mother, Betsy, received his Memorial Cross.
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