WWI ID Tags to the 125th Infantry Battalion
WWI ID Tags to the 125th Infantry Battalion - Bakelite, both are round, one is stamped "772949 PTE SKINNER J.H. CDN CEF PROT" on the obverse and "87" on the reverse (34.8 mm), the other is stamped "772949 J H SKINNER" on the obverse and "87 CEF PRES" on the reverse (35.2 mm), linked together on a rusted steel ring, both are slightly soiled, near very fine.Footnote: James Henry Skinner was born on September 2, 1896 in Brantford, Ontario. He signed his Attestation Paper as a Private with the 125th Infantry Battalion on February 24, 1916 in Brantford, at the age of 19, naming his next-of-kin as his father, Thomas Skinner of Paris, Ontario, stating that he has one years' previous military service with the 38th D.R.C. (Dufferin Rifles), that he was not married and that his trade was that of Tinsmith. The Battalion was raised in Brant County, Ontario with mobilization headquarters at Brantford, Ontario under the authority of G.O. 151, December 22, 1915. The Battalion sailed August 9, 1916 under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel M.E.B. Cutcliffe with a strength of 32 officers and 974 other ranks. In England, the Battalion was absorbed into the 8th Reserve Battalion.