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A First War Canadian Pair to Major Whtyock Military Cross


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A First War Canadian Pair to Major Whtyock Military Cross

British War Medal (MAJOR H.W. WHYTOCK.); Victory Medal (MAJOR H.W. WHYTOCK.); Canadian Volunteer Service Medal; and War Medal 1939-1945. Un-mounted, original ribbons, cleaned, light contact, near extremely fine. Accompanied by assorted research papers.   Footnote: Harry Wishart Whytock was born on March 5, 1892 in Madoc, Hastings County, Ontario, the son of John Alexander Whytock and Margaret Blakley Whytock. He graduated in Arts from Queen's University in 1913, and later, in Medicine in 1915, interning at Montreal General Hospital. He signed his CEF Attestation Paper with No. 5 Stationary Hospital, Canadian Army Medical Corps, on March 26, 1915 in Kingston, Ontario, at the age of 23, naming his next-of-kin as his mother, Mrs. Margaret Whytock of Madoc, stating that he had no previous military service, that he was not married and that his trade was that of Medical Student. He joined the Canadian Army Medical Corps at Military District No. 3, on June 23, 1915. Soon after his arrival in England, seven of the medical graduates were transferred to other units, including Whytock, who was promoted to the rank of Corporal and later, Lieutenant. Whytock served in France during the First World War with No. 1 Canadian Field Ambulance. Elevated again, this time to the rank of Captain, he was Mentioned in Despatches, one of which was by Sir Douglas Haig on April 7, 1916. Captain Whytock was awarded the Military Cross, as published in the London Gazette on January 1, 1918, as a "New Year Award" with no citation, and in the Canada Gazette on January 26, 1918, page 2491. He was invested by the King at Buckingham Palace, as noted in the London Gazette on May 28, 1918. That Fall, he was named to the rank of Major on September 20, 1918. After the war, he took postgraduate work in otolaryngology (study of ear, nose and throat conditions) at West London Hospital in London, England, also attending school in Birmingham, England and in Edinburgh, Scotland, where he received the F.R.C.S. (Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons) in that specialty. Upon returning to North America, he sought additional education at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Ann Arbor, Michigan. Beginning in 1924, he began practised out of the Medical Arts Building in Hamilton, Ontario in otolaryngology, attached to Hamilton General Hospital. The same year, he married Ida Marguerite Mortlock Joslen and together, they had two daughters. During the Second World War, Whytock served in an administrative capacity and as a consultant at Chorley Park Military Hospital in Toronto, Ontario. He died on January 21, 1962, in Hamilton, at the age of 69.
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