Pte. Halstead - MIA, POW & DOW January 1919
Memorial Cross GV (114822 Pte. B. HALSTEAD). Naming is officially engraved. Nicel patina, on bow ribbon suspension, better than extremely fine. In case of issue, case better than very fine. Accompanied by a 9th Overseas Mounted Rifle Battalion pickled copper cap badge (maker marked INGLIS LIMITED, reverse stamping, 42.5 mm x 44 mm), plus copies of his Attestation Papers, Service Records Pay Sheets, Separation Allowance Sheets, War Gratuity Statement and Military Will. Footnote: Benjamin Halstead was born in Burnley, Lancashire, England on April 2, 1888. He signed his Attestation Paper with the 9th Overseas Canadian Mounted Rifle Battalion on December 29, 1914 in Swift Current, Saskatchewan. He stated that he was married to Dora Halstead, that he had no previous military service and that his trade was that of Farmer. The 9th Mounted Rifle Battalion was organized on March 15, 1915, in Lloydminster, Saskatchewan and was broken up to provide reinforcements. He embarked for Britain on November 23, 1915, arriving in England on December 3, 1915 and was transferred to the 1st Canadian Mounted Rifles, Saskatchewan Regiment, on proceeding to France, January 28, 1916. He was reported as suffering from colitis in mid-April, and pneumonia later that month. He rejoined his unit on May 2, 1916 and was later sentenced to seven days Field Punishment No. 1, for being in Paris and not being in possession of a pass and uttering a falsehood to the Military Police. He was reported as Missing in Action on June 2, 1916, possibly at the Battle of Mont Sorrel and was subsequently reported as a prisoner-of-war at Dulmen, Germany. Halstead was liberated from over two years of captivity after the conclusion of the war and returned to England on December 13, 1918 but was found to be in ill health. He was admitted to the Orpington Military Hospital in London, originally diagnosed with adenitis, which was changed to pyrenia. He was then diagosed with influenza, that had developed into bronchial pneumonia. He died on January 1, 1919 at the age of 30 and is buried in Orpington (All Saints) Churchyard Extension in Kent, United Kingdom. A war service gratuity of $100.00 was paid out to his wife Dora in 1920.