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Military Medal to 78th Canadian Infy. (John McCrae connection?)

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Military Medal, Geo. V.

to – 624729 Pte. W. J. Brickman, 78 Can. Inf.

With – ribbon bar on pin for MM; two WW1 brass wound stripes, marksman’s proficiency arm badge (crossed rifles) in brass, brass crown, block of three blue overseas’ service chevrons (cloth) and small maple leaf lapel badge.

MM per London Gazette, 2nd April 1918. (possibly Cambrai).

With a very detailed set of copied papers, as often found for Canadian recipients.

William James Brickman, a carpenter, resident of Phillips, Alberta. Born 1889 in Belleville, Ontario. Enlisted ex 101st Fusiliers in 151 Can. Inf. Feb. 1916 and to 78th on 20.11.16 in UK.

Recipient was reported ill on many occasions and was gassed and wounded – gassed and gunshot wound to right hand on 9th April 1917 and gunshot wound to heel, 3.4.18.

At one point it notes in his record that he has been treated (July 1917) by “Col. McCrae” in the Ontario Military Hospital in Orpington, who may be the famous doctor John McCrae, author of “in Flanders fields…”.

Discharged as medically unfit, 16th Dec. 1918 on account of wounds.

In GVF+ condition.