WWI DCM Group - Corporal G.A. White. 5th Infantry
Distinguished Conduct Medal (13204 Pte. G.A. WHITE. 5/CANDN:BRT:); 1914-15 Star (13204 Pte. G.A. WHITE. 5/CAN:INF:); and British War and Victory Medals (13204 CPL. G.A. WHITE. 5-CAN.INF.). Naming is officially impressed on all four. Crisp detail, nice patinas. Comes with Service Wounded Stripe; 5th Infantry Battalion "Western Canadian Cavalry" Cap Badge; two CANADA Shoulder Tabs (maker marked W. SCULLY MONTREAL); two "INF" Shoulder Tabs (one maker marked W. SCULLY MONTREAL); a "C5" Collar Tab (maker marked GAUNT LONDON); Services Rendered Badge (numbered "C25856"); CEF For Service at the Front Badge (numbered "138679"); Note from Major-General of the Canadian Militia authorizing the issuing of the DCM; Bronze Ypres Fob on leather strap (marked on reverse "The Robert Simpson Comapny Limited Boys Clothing Dept. 1917", maker marked "WELLINGS MFG. CO. TORONTO"); Souvenir d'Ypres Silk Hankerchief; and CEF Soldiers' Postcard. Accompanied by copies of his Attestion Paper, Service Records, Medical Records, Discharge Certificate, Citation in the London Gazette and 5th Battalion Status LIst. As a group, extremely fine. Footnote: George Avery White was born in Portage-la-Prairie, Manitoba on March 6, 1888. He enlisted at Vancouver, British Columbia on August 14, 1914, signed his Attestion Paper on September 23, 1914 in Valcartier, Quebec and listed his trade as Clerk. He was promoted to Corporal on February 7, 1915 and proceeded to France with the 5th Infantry Battalion "Western Canadian Cavalry",on Februrary 9. He was cited in London Gazette for "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in volunteering for, and carrying out on, the Medical Officer's work after that Officer was missing. During 26th April to 5th May, 1915, Private White was continuously attending to wounded under fire." (June 30, 1915, 6407). This was during the Second Battle of Ypres, of which he sustained a injury to his right knee from a shell explosion and a concussion on May 1, 1915. As stated in his medical report, " Knee was injured by a shell exploding near by, twisting it (Synovitis). Continued on duty until May 22nd, when he was compelled to report sick, at lst Southern General, Dudley Road, Birmingham until June 22nd." He was invalided to England on May 25, then transferred to the 32nd Reserve Battalion and was placed in The Orchard Convalescent Home in Dartford, Kent, England on June 12, 1915. He was granted the DCM on May 30, 1915. White was transferred to the 32nd Reserve Battalion on July 7, while still being treated for his knee. He was discharged after being declared medically unfit by a Medical Board, September 15, 1915 at Shorncliffe. He sailed for Canada on November 4, 1915 and was invalided. He was confirmed medically unfit in Quebec on November 11, 1915 and discharged having been found medically unfit for further General Service.