WW1 Military Medal impressed to 622667 Pte. J. FINEGAN. 44 / CAN: INF:
John Finegan was born in Dublin Ireland. He served four months with the Royal Irish Rifles before emigrating to Canada. He attested into the 44th Batalion on July 13, 1915. He was working as a Motorman for Winnipeg Transit prior to enlistment. He went to England with the 44th Batalion in October 1915. In November he was transferred from the base company to D Company for disobeying an NCO. He left for France with his unit in August 1916. Then attached to the 10th Brigade Trench Mortars on September 1st. Two weeks later he sufferred gun shot wounds to his foot, back and chest. He was sent to England for treatment and returned to the 44th Battalion in April 1917. On August 23rd he was acting as a sniper and as a result of his courage he was recommended for the Military Medal which was later awarded. The citation is below. In November 1917 he also sufferred a knee injury. He was later assigned to the Labour Pool and then the Forestry Corps. He got into trouble with Military Authorities a number of times during his service with the C.F.C. He left Europe for Canada in April 1919 and was discharged at Winnipeg upon his arrival home.
CITATION TO MILITARY MEDAL: "On August 23rd 1917, south west of Lens, during the attack on the Green Crassier, this soldier showed great courage and determination whilst sniping and although exposed to enemy machine gun, carried on sniping all day, and was successful in accounting for a large number of the enemy."
Some edge knocks on the medals from wear. Also wear from polishing on the front and back. The wording "For bravery in the Field" is worn. Probably reattached suspension. This medal was obviously worn with pride. Condition thus only "Fine".