WWI Memorial Cross to Sapper William Hosking
WWI Memorial Cross to Sapper William Hosking - (784245 Pte W. HOSKINS.). Naming is officially engraved. Light contact, engraved "Hoskins" instead of "Hosking", near extremely fine. Accompanied by copies of his Index Cards, Attestation Paper, Service Records, Medical Records, Pay Records and Discharge Certificates, along with assorted research papers. Footnote: William Hosking was born on December 4, 1888 in Camborne, Cornwall, England. He signed his Attestation Paper with the 129th Infantry Battalion "Wentworth Battalion", on January 19, 1916 in Dundas, Ontario, naming his next-of-kin as his sister, Miss Mary Hosking of Birmingham, England, stating that he had no previous military service, that he was not married and that his trade was that of Market Gardening. The Battalion was raised in the County of Wentworth, Ontario with mobilization headquarters at Dundas, Ontario under the authority of G.O. 151, December 22, 1915. The Battalion sailed from Halifax, Nova Scotia on August 21, 1916 aboard the S.S. Olympic, under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel W.E.S. Knowles with a strength of 32 officers and 807 other ranks, arriving in Liverpool, England on the 30th. He was transferred to the 123rd Battalion "Royal Grenadiers" at Witley on October 18, 1916. After four and half months orientation and training, Hosking departed for the French theatre, arriving in Boulogne on March 9, 1917. He was to be in ill health during much of his war service, beginning with an admission to No 5 Canadian Field Ambulance on May 14, 1917, with a case of Influenza, before being transferred to the Corps Rest Station on the May 21st and discharged to duty shortly thereafter. In the Fall, he was admitted to No. 44 Casualty Clearing Station on October 23, 1917 and diagnosed with "D.A.H." (Diffuse Alveolar Hemorrhage, a life-threatening disorder characterized clinically by the presence of hemoptysis, falling hematocrit, diffuse pulmonary infiltrates and hypoxemic respiratory failure: it refers to bleeding that originates in the pulmonary microvasculature instead of the parenchyma or bronchial circulation). He was transferred to No. 2 Canadian General Hospital at Le Treport on the 27th, then to No. 3 Convalescent Depot at Le Treport on November 13th, where he was to spend the next five weeks before being discharged to Base Details at Le Treport on December 18th. Three days later, he was "Classfied (B.1.) Concussion, Tachycardia" (a heart rate that exceeds the normal range) at Etaples, treated and left for the Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp on January 21, 1918. Two days before leaving, he was awarded one Good Conduct Badge on the 19th. Hosking later joined the 123rd Battalion in the field on March 13, 1918 but lasted only ten weeks, before he was admitted to No. 8 Canadian Field Ambulance on May 29th, again with "D.A.H." and officially posted to the 8th Battalion, Canadian Engineers the next day. He was transferred to No. 53 General Hospital at Boulogne on June 2nd, then to No. 1 Convalescent Depot at Boulogne on June 4th for the next two weeks before being discharged to No. 5 Rest Camp at St. Martins, Boulogne on June 18th. He was placed with the Canadian Labour Pool on July 2, 1918, before being hospitalized at No. 1 Canadian General Hospital on July 18, 1918. In the new year, he was posted to CCC Company at Shorncliffe on February 8, 1919, then to the Canadian Army Medical Corps Casualty Company at Bramshott on February 15th. One month later, he was admitted to No. 12 Canadian General at Bramshott on March 15, 1919, as his leg required an "Abscess opened & drained.", with medical authorities deeming the "Wound nearly healed." He was discharged on April 8th. He was placed at "N" Wing CCC at Witley on July 6, 1919 and struck off strength to Canada in late October. Hosking was discharged upon demobilization on October 1, 1919 at No. 2 District Depot in Toronto, Ontario, credited with having served in England and France and entitled to wear the War Service Badge, Class "A", number 401373. He died from Pulmonary Tuberculosis on March 16, 1922, his death attributed to his military service. He had married previously so his widow, Mrs. Mary Irene Hosking of West Hamilton, Ontario received his British War Medal and Victory Medal, his Plaque and Scroll and his Memorial Cross. There was only one Memorial Cross issued, as his mother had predeceased him. It is interesting to note, that his sister and his wife had the same name (Mary).