Pair & Private Award to the Canadian Mounted Rifles
British War Medal (1066101 PTE. H.J. MC NEILL. 4-C.M.R.) and Victory Medal 1066101 PTE. H.G. MC NEILL. 4-C.M.R.). Naming is officially impressed on both, naming on BWM is inverted with second initial on "J" incorrect (should be "G").Near very fine. Also includes a Derby Township Grey County Great War Duty Medal, sterling silver, hallmarked, marked "925" silver, engraved: "PRESENTED TO PTE Harry McNeill 248th Bn", 41 mm x 41.6 mm, mounted to padded display with easel backer, very fine. Accompanied by copies of his Attestation Paper, Service Records, Medical Records and Discharge Certificate. Footnote: Harry Gladstone McNeill was born in Victoria, British Columbia on March 23, 1898. He signed his Attestation Paper with the 248th Infantry Battalion on January 20, 1917 at Owen Sound, Ontario, stating that he was not married, that he had no previous military service and that his trade was that of Farmer. The Battlalion was raised in Central Ontario with mobilizatiion headquarters at Owen Sound under the authority of G.O. 48, May 1, 1917. The Battalion sailed May 28, 1917 under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel J.H. Rorke with a strength of 13 officers and 259 other ranks. McNeill arrived in Liverpool, England aboard the S.S. Olympic on June 9 and was Taken of Strength by the 8th Reserve Battalion at Shornecliffe on June 10. On November 9, 1917, he was transferred to the 4th Canadian Mounted Rifles at Shornecliffe. He suffered gunshot wounds to the right ankle and left leg in the field in the French theatre on March 8, 1918 and was invalided to Shornecliffe. By early August, he was discharged from hospital and was attached to the Canadian Convalescent Depot at Bramshott and was there until September 20, then placed with the 3rd Reserve Battalion. McNeill returned to Canada in late December, arriving at Saint John, New Brunswick and was discharged from active service upon demobilization in Toronto, on January 15, 1919. Although this is an original pair issued to McNeill, it appears as though they did not get delivered to him. In his file in Ottawa, there is a handwritten note from him, a copy of which is included here, wriiten as a veteran, dated February 28, 1986 and received by Ottawa on March 4. It reads: "I am First Wo[r]ld War Veter[a]n & I never received any medals of any kind & [am] really thrilled to get them. I am 88 years now & may not be here to wear to[o] long but family will appreciate them in remembrance."