WWI British War Medal to Captain Wilkes; Canadian Army Dental Corps
WWI British War Medal to Captain Wilkes; Canadian Army Dental Corps - (CAPT. W.R.D. WILKES.). Naming is officially impressed. Original ribbon, light contact, pitting, better than very fine. Accompanied by copies of his Index Cards, Service Records, Officers' Declaration Paper, Medical Records, Dental Records, Pay Records and Statement of Service in the Canadian Armed Forces. Footnote: William Richard Dobbin Wilkes was born on August 8, 1878 in York County, New Brunswick, the son of George T. Wilkes and Sarah M. Wilkes. He is listed on the 1901 Census of Canada as working as a Tailor but later took up Dentistry. He signed his Officers' Declaration Paper as a Captain with the Canadian Army Dental Corps at St. Andrew's, New Brunswick, on July 27, 1916, at the age of 37, naming his next-of-kin as his wife, Mary E. Wilkes of West Saint John, New Brunswick, stating that he belonged to an Active Militia, the Canadian Army Dental Corps, that he was Married and that his professional was that of Dentist. Once in England, he was taken on strength by the Assistant Director of Dental Services, CADC at Bramshott on August 26, 1918 and posted to Frensham Pond Camp. A month later, he was posted to CADC Seaford Area on September 27th for nine weeks, before being attached to No. 13 Canadian General Hospital at Hastings for Dental Services on December 2, 1918. The following Spring of 1919, he was posted to CADC Ripon Area on April 15th, then attached to the 15th Reserve Battalion for "Q. & R." on May 13th. Wilkes was posted to the General Depot for return to Canada on July 24, 1919 and placed with "H" wing at the Canadian Concentration Camp, then struck off strength to "R" Wing on August 18th. He was struck off strength of the Overseas Military Forces of Canada on September 6, 1919, disembarking and briefly posted to Military District No. 6 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He followed that with a posting to Military District No. 7 in Saint John, New Brunswick onSeptember 15th, where his medical examination determined that he had "Hypermetropia" (AKA farsightedness, caused by an imperfection in the eye, causing difficulty focusing on near objcets, and in extreme cases, causing a sufferer to be unable to focus on objects at any distance) in both eyes. Wilkes was discharged upon demobilization at Military District No. 7 in Saint John, New Brunswick, on April 10, 1920, credited with having served in Canada and England. He died on August 17, 1931, at the age of 53, his death noted as "not due to service."