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The Memorial Cross of Pte. Garrett; 1st Canadian Mounted Rifles

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The Memorial Cross of Pte. Garrett; 1st Canadian Mounted Rifles

The Memorial Cross of Pte. Garrett; 1st Canadian Mounted Rifles - George V (678042 Pte. G.W. GARRETT). Naming is officially engraved. Suspended from a 27.8 mm x 31.8 mm silver 1st Canadian Mounted Rifles collar insignia with horizontal pinback, cross and collar insignia are lacquered, light contact, better than very fine. Accompanied by a Piece of Shrapnel (iron, magnetic, 14.7 mm x 16.5 x 57 mm), a Colour Photograph of Garrett's Grave Marker at Queant Communal Cemetery (101 mm x 147 mm), his Statement of Service in the Canadian Armed Forces, along with copies of his Index Card, Attestation Paper, Service Records and assorted research papers.   Footnote: Guy Wray Garrett was born on November 5, 1894 in Toronto, Ontario. He was educated at Harbord Collegiate in Toronto and worked with his father in Toronto before enlisting. He signed his Attestation Paper with the 169th Infantry Battalion "109th Regiment", on January 27, 1916 in Toronto, at the age of 21, naming his next-of-kin as his father, George Garrett of Toronto, stating that he had no previous military service, that he was not married and that his trade was that of Hardware Merchant. Garrett was named Acting Corporal on June 28th, the appointment taking effect on October 17th, the day of his departure from Canada. The Battalion was raised and mobilized in Toronto, Ontario under the authority of G.O. 69, July 15, 1916. The Battalion sailed October 17, 1916 aboard the S.S. Metagama, under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel J.G. Wright with a strength of 32 officers and 887 other ranks, arriving in England on the 28th. Upon arrival, he was transferred to the 5th Reserve Battalion at West Sandling, Kent on January 24, 1917, then posted to the London District Signalling School (Imperial School of Signalling) as a Sergeant-Major on March 26, 1917. He received permission on April 30, 1917 to marry Ethel Garrett while in England. He did so shortly thereafter, with his new wife and child arriving in Canada the following summer of 1918 and settling in Toronto. Two months later, he was transferred to the 5th Canadian Reserve Brigade on May 30, 1917, where he was named Acting Company Sergeant Major. He returned to the 5th Reserve Battalion on November 24th, where he reverted to the rank of Acting Corporal. Garrett reverted to the rank of Private on proceeded overseas for service in the French theatre with the 1st Canadian Mounted Rifles, on February 16, 1918. He landed in France on the 18th and joined his new unit on the 23rd, employed as a Signaller. Private Garrett was admitted to No. 9 Canadian Field Ambulance with a severely fractured skull and died on October 9, 1918 of wounds received in action while serving with the 1st Canadian Mounted Rifles (Saskatchewan Regiment), at the age of 23. He is buried in Queant Communal Cemetery British Extension, Pas-de-Calais, France, Grave Reference: Row D, Grave 22. Queant is a village nineteen kilometres south-east of Arras. Garrett is commemorated on page 413 of the First World War Book of Remembrance and his Obituary appeared in the Toronto Star on October 19, 1918. The students of Harbord Collegiate who fought in the Great War are remembered on a plaque inside the school and on a statue in front of the school.
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