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  • 1914-15 Star - Canadian MM Recipient
  • 1914-15 Star - Canadian MM Recipient
  • 1914-15 Star - Canadian MM Recipient

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1914-15 Star - Canadian MM Recipient


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1914-15 Star - Canadian MM Recipient

1914-15 Star - Canadian MM Recipient; (81659 PTE D. McPHERSON. 2/CAN:INF:). Naming is officially impressed. Original ribbon, residue in the recessed areas from polishing, light contact, near extremely fine. Accompanied by copies of his Attestation Paper, Service Records, Medical Records, Pay Records, Will, Discharge Papers and Military Medal Citation.   Footnote: Duncan McPherson was born in Iverness, Scotland on July 1, 1891. He signed his Attestation Paper with the 32nd Battalion on December 15, 1914 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, stating that he had no previous military service, that he was not married and that his trade was that of Farmer. Additional conflicting documentation included indicates that he was born in Echuca, Victoria, Australia and had previous military service with the VBC in Australia. What is known is that McPherson was taken on strength by the 2nd Battalion on May 16, 1915 in France. He met with misfortune on November 15, 1915 in Dranoutre (near Ypres), Belgium, as he suffered a shrapnel wound to his neck. His medical report dated February 16, 1916 documents the incident: "While practising bomb throwing with live bombs was hit by piece of the bomb which entered neck on left side 1"-1 1/2" from mid line on level with thyroid cartilage. Was opearted on in Bevan Hosp. and healing took place in 19 days. No complications." and was declared "Fit for Duty" at Shornecliffe on February 23, 1916. He saw advances in rank, as he was appointed Lance Corporal on September 13, 1916, promoted to Corporal on February 27, 1917, and later promoted to Sergeant on April 6, 1917. He was cited for his Military Medal on July 18, 1917 in the London Gazette 30188, "For conspicuous bravery, when during the attack on FRESNOY on May 3rd, 1917, the company was held up by machine gun fire. The Coy. Sgt. Major was wounded and Sergt. McPherson (acting as CSM) with Pte. Bonin succeeded in flanking the enemy machine gun and putting the gun and crew out of action. This N.C.O. continued throughout the attack to display great gallantry and devotion to duty." (A.F.W. 3121 21-5-17). Even though he was a Military Medal recipient, it didn't prevent him from being severely reprimanded for neglect of duty while commanding Camp Quarter Guard on July 26, 1917. After having spent twenty months in France, he complained of weakness of the right knee after he fell into a shell-hole in May 1917, likely during that very attack on Fresnoy and was diagnosed with synovitis of the right knee (inflammation of the synovial membrane) in January 1918. He sailed from Liverpool aboard the S.S. Olympic on November 6, 1917 and continued to be treated at the Manitoba Military Convalescent Home as of December 14, 1917. McPherson was discharged from active service, "Being medically unfit for further War Service" at Winnipeg, Manitoba on March 16, 1918, having served his country in Canada, England and France. For his war service, he was awarded the 1914-1915 Star, as well as the British War Medal and Victory Medal, neither of which are included here.
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