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  • A Memorial Cross to the 31st Battalion; Holding Canal du Nord
  • A Memorial Cross to the 31st Battalion; Holding Canal du Nord
  • A Memorial Cross to the 31st Battalion; Holding Canal du Nord
  • A Memorial Cross to the 31st Battalion; Holding Canal du Nord

Item: C3637

A Memorial Cross to the 31st Battalion; Holding Canal du Nord

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A Memorial Cross to the 31st Battalion; Holding Canal du Nord

Item 1: Title: Canada. WWI Pair, Groff Brothers, Acting Corporal Wilfrid B. Groff and Acting Corporal Harold R. Groff, 31st Infantry Battalion (KIA)Description: Acting Corporal Wilfrid B. Groff: British War Medal (466253 A. CPL. W.B. GROFF. 63-CAN.INF.); and Acting Corporal Harold R. Groff (KIA): Victory Medal (3206541 A. CPL. H.R. GROFF. 31-CAN.INF.); and Memorial Cross (3206541 Pte. H.R. GROFF.). Naming is officially impressed on the BWM and VM and officially engraved on the MC. Un-mounted, dark patinas on the BWM and the MC, light contact, near extremely fine. Footnote: Wilfrid Bain Groff was born on May 18, 1892 in Dundas, Ontario, the son of Alexander Rodgers Groff and Annie Isabella Gemmel. He signed his Attestation Paper (466253) on July 7, 1915 in Edmonton, Alberta, at the age of 23, naming his next-of-kin as his father, Alexander Rodgers Groff of the Edmonton Journal, stating that he had one months' previous service with the 101st Regiment (Edmonton Journal), that he was not married and that his trade was that of Clerk with National Trust. Acting Corporal Wilfrid Bain Groff survived the war. His older brother, Harold Rodgers Groff was born on September 28, 1888 in Dundas, Ontario, the son of Alexander Rodgers Groff and Annie Isabella Gemmel. He signed his Particulars of Recruit Drafted Under Military Service Act 1917 Paper, as a "Volunteer" (3206541), with No. 5 Company, First Depot Battalion, Alberta Regiment, Military District No. 13, on January 21, 1918, in Edmonton, Alberta, at the age of 29, naming his next-of-kin as his father, Alexander Rodgers Groff of the Edmonton Journal, stating that he had three years' previous service with the 19th Alberta Dragoons, that he was Single and that his trade was that of Clerk. He was later transferred to the 31st Infantry Battalion "Alberta Regiment" in France. Acting Corporal (Private) Harold Rodgers Groff was with the 31st Infantry Battalion when he died on October 6, 1918, at the age of 30, the cause unknown. He is buried in Queant Communal Cemetery, British Extension, in Queant, Pas de Calais, France, Grave Reference: D. 9. and is commemorated on page 420 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. On the night of Oct.6th, the 31st battalion suffered heavily under an intense enemy bombardment which caused several casualties while holding the recently captured Canal du Nord. This is likely were Groff was killed.  
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