A Great War M.M. group of four awarded to Acting Sergeant H. W. Bagg, Canadian Engineers, late Canadian Field Artillery
Military Medal, G.V.R. (85191 L. Cpl. H. W. Bagg, 1/D.S. Coy. Can. E.); 1914-15 Star (85191 Gnr. H. W. Bagg, Can. Fd. Art.); British War and Victory Medals (85191 A. Sjt. H. W. Bagg, C.F.A.), the last medal part officially renamed, GVF
M.M. London Gazette 19 November 1917. The original recommendation - dated 21 September 1917 - states:
‘Lance-Corporal Bagg was in charge of a relay station of four men from 14-17 August 1917, keeping up a line through a bad section of trench, on which the enemy put a frequent barrage, and where there were many casualties, and although it was frequently broken, this Brigade was seldom out of communication for long, owing to Lance-Corporal Bagg’s energy and devotion to duty.’
Harold William Bagg, who was born in Weymouth, Dorset, in December 1892, enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force at Montreal in February 1915.
Embarked for France in June 1915, he served in 1st Brigade, Canadian Field Artillery, prior to transferring to the 1st Divisional Signalling Company, Canadian Engineers, in April 1917, in which latter capacity he was awarded his M.M. for the above cited deeds later in the same year.
Shortly thereafter, however, he contracted orchitis and was invalided to No. 51 General Hospital and thence to Etaples, but he briefly rejoined his unit in the Field before being embarked for England on probation for a commission in the Royal Air Force, and he was serving as a Cadet at the war’s end. Bagg was finally discharged in June 1919; his service record is available on-line and is downloadable for free..