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  • Canada. A Pair to the the 5th Infantry Battalion
  • Canada. A Pair to the the 5th Infantry Battalion
  • Canada. A Pair to the the 5th Infantry Battalion

Item: C3834

Canada. A Pair to the the 5th Infantry Battalion

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Canada. A Pair to the the 5th Infantry Battalion

British War Medal (198324 PTE. D.B. ANDERSON. 5-CAN.INF.); and Victory Medal (198324 PTE. D.B. ANDERSON. 5-CAN.INF.). Naming is officially impressed. Un-mounted, original ribbons, spotting on the VM, light contact, better than very fine. Footnote: David Beaton Anderson was born on November 10, 1874 in Kirkcaldy, Fifeshire, Scotland. He was a resident of Rainy River, Ontario when he signed his Attestation Paper as a Private (198324), with the 94th Infantry Battalion "New Ontario Battalion", on November 25, 1915, in Rainy River, at the age of 41, naming his next-of-kin as his wife, Olympe Jeanne Anderson of Rainy River, stating that he had previous military service with the 98th Regiment, that he was Married and that his trade was that of Baker. The Battalion was raised in Northern Ontario with mobilization headquarters at Port Arthur under the authority of G.O. 151, December 22, 1915. The Battalion embarked Halifax, Nova Scotia on June 28, 1916 aboard the S.S. Olympic, under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel H.A.C. Machin with a strength of 36 officers and 1,009 other ranks, arriving in Liverpool, England on July 6th. In England, the Battalion was broken up and absorbed by the 17th and 32nd Reserve Battalions, with Anderson struck off strength to the 32nd Reserve Battalion on July 18th. After two months orientation and training, he was transferred to the 5th Infantry Battalion in the French theatre on September 21, 1916, arriving in France on the 22nd, leaving to join his new unit in the field on October 5th, arriving on the 8th. Anderson was admitted to No. 13 General Hospital at Boulogne on October 10, 1916, then invalided to England aboard His Majesty's Hospital Ship St. Andrew. He was admitted to Queen Mary's Military Hospital at Whalley, Lancashire on October 22nd, where he was diagnosed with a large "Varicocele" in his left testicle, which "causes trouble in marching, Refuses to have operation here." as the attending doctor noted (a varicocele is an abnormal enlargement of the pampiniform venous plexus in the scrotum. This plexus of veins drains the testicles. The testicular blood vessels originate in the abdomen and course down through the inguinal canal as part of the spermatic cord on their way to the testis. Upward flow of blood in the veins is ensured by small one-way valves that prevent backflow. Defective valves, or compression of the vein by a nearby structure, can cause dilatation of the testicular veins near the testis, leading to the formation of a varicocele. Varicocele is known as one of the main causes for male infertility and can be treated by a surgery or non-surgical treatments). After three and a half weeks treatment, he was transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital Woodcote Park at Epsom, Surrey on November 16th, where he would convalesce for the next ten weeks, before being discharged on January 26th. It was noted in his Proceedings of a Medical Board Report, dated January 27, 1917 at Hastings, that Anderson had been "operated on 22 years ago for varicocele". Upon discharge from hospital, he was posted to the Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre and on placed command to the Garrison Duty Depot. Anderson was sentenced to two days Field Punishment No. 2, on February 20, 1919, "for using threatening language to his Superior Officer", then four weeks later, sentenced to two days Field Punishment No. 2, on March 17, 1919 "for being absent from duty" from 6:30 to 14:30 that day. One month later, he was posted to the Canadian Army Service Corps District Depot at Witley on April 17th. He was struck off strength on posting to the Canadian Army Service Corps Depot at Blandford on May 5th, then transferred to the Canadian Concentration Camp at Kinmel Park on May 20th, for return to Canada. Private David Beaton Anderson embarked Liverpool aboard the S.S. Lapland on June 2, 1919 and was discharged upon demobilization on June 12th, at Dispersal Station I, Military District No. 10, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, at the age of 44, entitled to wear the War Service Badge, Class "A", number 166197. It was noted at discharge that he did not get operated on for his Varicocele during the war, as he "Has refused operation. Claims it's no disability." For his First World War service, Anderson was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.
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