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eMedals-Canada. A Group to Major V.M.Howard, 2nd Battalion Queen's Own Rifles of Canada & Royal Flying Corps

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Canada. A Group to Major V.M.Howard, 2nd Battalion Queen's Own Rifles of Canada & Royal Flying Corps



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Canada. A Group to Major V.M.Howard, 2nd Battalion Queen's Own Rifles of Canada & Royal Flying Corps

Canada; British War Medal (CAPT. V.M. HOWARD. R.A.F.); Victory Medal (CAPT. V.M. HOWARD. R.A.F.); Colonial Auxiliary Forces Decoration, George V (Major V. MacL HOWARD Q.O.R. of C.); King George V and Queen Mary Jubilee Medal 1935; and King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Coronation Medal 1937. Naming is officially impressed on the BWM and VM, engraved on the reverse of the CAFD with the initial "V" having been added in by hand after the fact, the JM and CM are un-named as issued. The first three awards are mounted together on a suspension with swing bar pinback, the latter two are individually court-mounted, the Jubilee Medal with a pinback, all with original ribbons, contact marks, very fine. Accompanied by a 2nd Battalion Queen's Own Rifles Cap Badge (die-stamped white metal, unmarked, 43.2 mm (w) x 52 mm (h), intact lugs and pin, red felt backer); a Royal Air Force Cap Badge (bronze, unmarked, 38.7 mm (w) x 44.5 mm (h), intact lugs and pin); along with a Photocopied Photograph of the Officers of Regiment Headquarters in Toronto, 1st Battalion and 2nd Battalion, Queen's Own Rifles of Canada 1936 (black and white, Howard second from the right in the front row, card-mounted, 210 mm (w) x 135 mm (h)).

Footnote: Vaughan Maclean Howard was born on July 16, 1894 (some records state 1892) in Toronto, Ontario, the son of Allan Maclean Howard and Cassandra Maclean Howard. He had a brother, Allan Maclean Howard. He was a graduate of the University of Toronto Canadian Officers Training Corps and was named a Lieutenant in 1915. Maclean Howard was a resident of Toronto and was Single when he signed his Officer's Declaration Paper as a Lieutenant with the 166th Infantry Battalion "Queen's Own Rifles of Canada", on July 11, 1916 in Toronto, at the age of 21, naming his next-of-kin as his mother, Mrs. Allan Maclean Howard of Toronto, stating that he belonged to an active militia, the 2nd Regiment Queen's Own Rifles of Canada, that he had served one year with the Toronto Civic Guard, that his religion was Church of England and that his occupation was that of Student. The Battalion was raised and mobilized in Toronto, Ontario, under the authority of G.O. 151, December 22, 1915 and sailed from Halifax, Nova Scotia on October 17, 1916, under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel W.G. Mitchell with a strength of 32 officers and 859 other ranks, arriving in Liverpool, England on October 28th. He was promoted to Captain shorty thereafter. Two and a half months after arriving in England, he was transferred to the 12th Reserve Battalion at Shorncliffe on January 8, 1917. Howard's tenure as an infantryman was a brief one, as he was seconded to the Royal Flying Corps on April 2, 1917, soon entering the French theatre. Five weeks after joining the Royal Flying Corps, he was admitted to No. 14 General Hospital at Boulogne on May 8, 1917, diagnosed with "P.U.O. Slight" (Pyrexia of Unknown Origin = fever). After being stabilized at Boulogne, Maclean Howard was invalided to England, where he was admitted to 4th London General Hospital at Denmark Hill, London S.E. on May 26, 1917, where he was officially diagnosed with "Pleurisy" (inflammation of the pleurae, which impairs their lubricating function and causes pain when breathing, caused by pneumonia and other diseases of the chest or abdomen) on his left side. After five weeks treatment, he was discharged from hospitalization on July 1st. He returned to service with the Royal Flying Corps (which merged with the Royal Naval Air Service to form the Royal Air Force on April 1, 1918) in France.

He was hospitalized for a second time, as he was admitted to Queen Alexandra Military Hospital, Extension at Millbank S.W. on September 23, 1918, with a case of "Diphtheria" (a serious bacterial infection usually affecting the mucous membranes of the nose and throat) and after seventeen days treatment, he was discharged on October 10th. He ceased to be seconded to the Royal Air Force on April 23, 1919. Maclean Howard was posted to "S" Wing for demobilization on June 12, 1919, then transferred to "J" Wing on July 8th, before sailing for Canada, embarking Liverpool on August 26, 1919, arriving in New York on September 4th. Maclean Howard was struck off strength upon general demobilization at Military Headquarters in Ottawa, on September 6, 1919, credited with having served in Canada and England with the 166th Infantry Battalion, the 12th Reserve Battalion and the 1st Central Ontario Regiment, along with being seconded to the Royal Flying Corps on April 2, 1917 and serving with the RFC in France, ceasing to be seconded to the RAF on April 23, 1919. Howard continued his educational pursuits after the war, attending Osgoode Hall Law School. He was in the Class of 1920 (Summer Graduation), a special graduating class that was comprised of men returned from service in the First World War. Now a practising lawyer, he married Emily Caroline Alexandria Merritt (1903-1986), the daughter of Louis Alexander Meritt and Bertha Gregory, on May 29, 1926 at Christ Church Cathedral in Hamilton. His new wife was a descendant of William Hamilton Merritt (born in Bedford, New York in 1793 and who in 1809, started farming his father’s land grant at Twelve Mile Creek and opened a general store; both he and his father participated in the Battle at Queenston Heights in 1812 as part of the Dragoons, who were a cavalry unit mainly used for communications; later at Lundy’s Lane in 1813, William Hamilton Merritt was captured and held as a prisoner until the end of the war; at the age 19, he was made a Captain of fifty members of the provincial dragoons; he was also a mill owner, promoted the building of the first Welland Canal that opened in 1829 and was elected to the Upper Canada Assembly (1832-1860) for Haldimand and Lincoln; in 1850-1851 he was Chief Commissioner of Public Works). Maclean Howard was named President of The United Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada in 1930 and held the position until 1933. The following year, he was awarded the Colonial Auxiliary Forces Decoration by Government Order 67 in 1934, while with the Queen's Own Rifles of Canada and retired with the rank of Major. Vaughan Maclean Howard died on August 26, 1961 in Toronto, at the age of 67 and is buried in St James Cemetery in Toronto.

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