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Distinguished Conduct Medal Group of (4) to the 4th Battalion, C.E.F.

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Distinguished Conduct Medal Group of (4) to the 4th Battalion, C.E.F.

Awarded to 11355 Sjt. J.H. Gaydon, 4th Can. Inf.

L.G. 03/6/19 "During the attack on Hasnon the battalion was held up by determined resistance east of the village. He volunteered to go forward, and under very heavy fire reconnoitered the whole of the battalion front, bringing back very valuable information to battalion headquaters."

The attack was on October 20th, 1918. John Henry Gaydon was born in Barnstaple, Devon, England and had prior service of 12 years with the 1st Bn Devonshire Regiment prior to coming to Canada. He was an original memeber of the 4th Battalion C.E.F., attesting on September 22nd, 1914. He was wounded April 23rd 1915 (Ypres area, Battalion counterattacked on 23rd April, gaining a hill north of Weiltje and St. Jean). Wounded again on October 9th 1916 (Somme area, attacked Regina trench and suffered severe casualties). The Battalion won it's only Victoria Cross of the war on 1st October, 1918, awarded to Sjt. William Merrifield. John Henry Gaydon was demobilized to Barnstaple, North Devon.

Medals are VF with some contacting and minor edge knocks.

Attestation papers included, brief unit outline can be found here : http://www.cefresearch.com/matrix/Army%20Corps/Divisions/1st%20Division/1st%20Infantry%20Brigade/4th%20Battalion.htm