WWII Memorial Cross Group - Lt. Pinches
Canadian Memorial Cross (engraved LIEUT. A. PINCHES); 1939-1945 Star; France and Germany Star; Defence Medal; War Medal 1939-45; Canadian Volunteer Service Medal with Overseas Bar, plus unused Suspension Bar. Original ribbons, mint condition. Memorial Cross in case of issue, five medals are in cardboard boxes of issue, also mint. Accompanied by copies of his Attestion Paper, Medical Records and Service Records. Footnote: Arthur Pinches was born in London, Ontario on March 27, 1919. He was originally single and stated his trade as Shipper when he signed his Canadian Active Service Force Attestion Paper on September 8, 1939. He was in the Royal Canadian Artillery, first as a Gunner in 1940, then seeing promotions in 1941, to Acting L/Bdr. (April 16), Acting Bombadier (June 14) and Acting Lance Sergeant (July 3). In June 28, 1944, he saw his final promotion, to Lieutenant. Pinches was married with permission to Miss Uma Long in London, England on August 6, 1943. He was serving with the 4 L.A.A. Regiment AEF when he was Killed In Action in Germany, April 23, 1945 and was buried on the outskirts of Winchoten, Holland. His Official Canadian Army Overseas Death Notification states he was in the "Western European Theatre of War". His widow, the now Uma Pinches, was entrusted with his five war medals, in addition to being issued the Memorial Cross in his honour.