Military Medal, Geo V, named to 852224 Private J. King, 5th Canadian Mounted Rifles. Military Medal announced in the London Gazette of 11th February 1919. King had been wounded on 30th October 1917 with a gun shot wound to the left leg. With research including the War Diary for the period 25th-28th August 1918 for the Battalion’s actions along the Arras-Cambrai Road.. Which includes full details of the actions on 26th August. The attack commenced at 3am. The advance was steady, although casualties were incurred by our own shells falling short. The attack was, however, successful with all objectives achieved. Casualties were one officer and 15 other ranks killed, one other ranks died of wounds. 4 officers and 152 other ranks wounded. 6 other ranks were missing. Much ‘booty’ was captured. The attack and advance on the 28th. The advance was once again successful and casualties were comparatively light. 4 other ranks being killed. 4 officers and 125 other ranks wounded, with 4 other ranks missing. 20 prisoners were taken. The Diary for August records the award of the M.M. to Pte King. His service papers indicate he was born on 5th April 1897 in Lewisville, New Brunswick. Enlisted into the 145th Battalion on 25th January 1916. To UK aboard SS Tuscania on 6th October 1916. To 5th Canadian Mounted Rifles on 27th October 1916. Wounded. Returned to Canada on 7th May 1919 and discharged 16th May 1919. So would have been entitled to a British War Medal, Victory Medal and War Service Badge Class ‘A’ as well as this MM.
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