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The First War Memorial Group of Captain Daw

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The First War Memorial Group of Captain Daw

1914-15 Star (LIEUT: P.F. DAW. CAN: FD: ART:); British War and Victory Medals (LIEUT. P.F. DAW.); and Memorial Cross, George VI (CAPT. P.F. DAW). Naming is officially impressed on the three WWI medals and officially engraved on the Memorial Cross. Board mounted, original ribbons, crisp detail, extremely fine. Also included is a duotang folder with his military biography and copies of his Attestation Paper, Service Records, Medical Records and CEF Certificate of Service. Footnote: Philip Ford Daw was born on June 4, 1889 in Belleville, Hastings, Ontario. He signed his Attestation Paper on June 22, 1915 in Toronto, stating that he was not married, that he had no previous military service and that his trade was that of Steel Clerk. He joined the 14th Battery, Canadian Field Artillery on the outbreak of war and proceeded overseas with the 2nd Division on May 20, 1915. Daw was wounded at the Battle of the Somme, after extensive action around Messines-Wytchaete, St. Eloi and Courcellett and was returned to Canada, to recover from his wounds in 1916 and shell shock. Despite inoculations, he also contracted Typhoid Fever while in the Somme, complicating his condition. He was promoted Captain in 1917 and posted to Seattle, Washington, in command of the British-Canadian Recruiting Mission and later, in 1918, to New York City, to command a similar mission there. His work with the Mission while in New York put a severe strain on his nervous system. He was struck off the strength on August 16, 1918 so that he could resume his civilian life. His health never completely recovered and for the balance of his life, many months were spent in the Christie Street Military Hospital in Toronto. He did resume his studies and graduate at age forty, with his B.A. from McMaster University in Hamilton. During World War II, he lived and worked in Orillia for the Wartime Prices and Trades Board. He died in 1945, with his wife receiving a George VI Canadian Memorial Cross. This is unique, in that his wounds were received during the World War I (1916) and he died twenty-nine years later. His father was the Reverend Canon Samuel Daw of St. John the Evangelist Church in Hamilton. Along with his father, three other brothers also served in the World War I, of whom two were killed in action.
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