WWI TRIO + CdeG TO A CANADIAN DESERTER WWI TRIO + CdeG TO A CANADIAN DESERTER WWI TRIO + CdeG TO A CANADIAN DESERTER WWI TRIO + CdeG TO A CANADIAN DESERTER

WWI TRIO + CdeG TO A CANADIAN DESERTER


WWI Trio & French Croix De Guerre
Period mounted on original ribbons
Renamed to -

1042230 Pte W.R.H BERNARD G.E.F

The following info is from his attestation paper

William Robert Hyde Bernard
Was born in London on 31st October 1897
At some point he emigrated to the USA
(Pembroke Ontario)
He then crossed over into Canada and “Joined up”
Serving 6 months with the 240th Overseas Battalion
Then by his own admission “Deserting”
Re enlisting on 2nd August 1917
His army number is shown as 1042230

I believe GEF is a mistake made by the engraver
It should obviously have read CEF

There’s 40 or so pages in the Canadian archives
Relating to his individual and his military service.

After WW1 he returned to the U.K. (Croydon)
He wasn’t entitled to the 14/15 star or CdeG
Would his pair would have been forfeited ?
I don’t know-
But if he was British rather than “Colonial “
He may been shot for desertion -
Rather than being allowed to re-enlist !

The group comes with a copy of the attestation sheet
And a Canadian Forestry Corps Cap Badge

There’s plenty more research to do if desired.
A bogus group to a self confessed deserter .
I originally purchased this for myself
But other things have come up so it’s got to go !

Code: 51076

120.00 GBP