WWI Pair to Private Albert V. Boon, 8th Canadian Field Ambulance, Canadian Army Medical Corps
WWI Pair to Private Albert V. Boon, 8th Canadian Field Ambulance, Canadian Army Medical Corps - British War Medal (530075 PTE. A.V. BOON. C.A.M.C.); and Victory Medal (530075 PTE. A.V. BOON. C.A.M.C.). Naming is officially impressed. Un-mounted, dark patina on the BWM, edge nicks, light contact, very fine. Accompanied by an 8th Field Ambulance Shoulder Title (bronze, unmarked, 35 mm x 52.7 mm, bent but intact lugs and pin), along with copies of his Index Cards, Attestation Paper, Service Records, Medical Records, Discharge Certificate and Department of Veterans Affairs Death Notification. Footnote: Albert Victor Boon was born on September 11, 1891 in Toronto, Ontario. He signed his Attestation Paper on January 21, 1916, with the 8th Field Ambulance, Canadian Army Medical Corps, in Calgary, Alberta, at the age of 24, naming his next-of-kin as his father, Charles J. Boon of Edmonton, Alberta, stating that he had no previous military service, that he was not married and that his trade was that of Carpenter. He embarked Halifax, Nova Scotia on April 1, 1916, arriving in Liverpool, England on the 10th. Four weeks later, he proceeded overseas to the French theatre on May 7, 1916, disembarking at Le Havre the following day. Boon served with the 8th Field Ambulance throughout the war, first as a Stretcher Bearer, until his back caused him problems, then was placed on Horse Ambulance duty. He was granted one Good Conduct Badge on January 21, 1918 and upon the ceasing of hostilities, proceeded to England on February 15, 1919. Upon arrival in England, a medical examination was performed by the attending Medical Officer at Milford Camp. In his Medical History of an Invalid, dated February 19, 1917 at Milford Camp, it was noted that Boon had a "Contusion of back", the incident that caused it having occurred in April 1908 in Toronto, when a "brick hit (this) man in (the) back, which fell 45 ft. After this, he was obliged to remain in bed about six weeks. After (the) accident, he noted swelling of (his) back and has remained that way ever since." It was also noted that Boon had "moderate weakness of (the) thoracic vertebrae", that he had a "full aching pain in this region of the back which is constant", which was exacerbated by "stepping down or jumping". He told the physician that "he was sick in April 1917 (but) was not hospitalized", that he had been "taken off Stretcher Bearer and put on Horse Ambulance" duty and that his "sickness lasted about six weeks, but was up and about" now. He was struck off strength off the Overseas Military Forces of Canada on proceeding to Canada, embarking Southampton, England on March 17, 1919 and taken on strength at No. 13 District Depot in Calgary upon arrival. Boon was discharged upon demobilization on March 31, 1919, at Dispersal Station "R", Military District No. 13 in Calgary, credited with having served in Canada and the United Kingdom, along with thirty-three months in the French theatre and entitled to wear the War Service Badge, Class "A", number 70433. He died on June 30, 1969 at Edmonton General Hospital, Edmonton, Alberta.