A fine Canadian Great War Battle of the Somme Courcelette 6th October 1916 Linesman’s Military Medal group awarded to Gunner later Acting Sergeant G.R. Fogerty, 15th Battery, 6th Brigade, Canadian Field Artillery, who was present out on the Western Front from February 1916, and with the 15th Battery of the 6th Brigade from June 1916, being then decorated for his bravery whilst forward for instruction as a linesman, he being under heavy shell fire for the first time, his instructing linesman was killed next to him, and he then succeeded in estab

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A fine Canadian Great War Battle of the Somme Courcelette 6th October 1916 Linesman’s Military Medal group awarded to Gunner later Acting Sergeant G.R. Fogerty, 15th Battery, 6th Brigade, Canadian Field Artillery, who was present out on the Western Front from February 1916, and with the 15th Battery of the 6th Brigade from June 1916, being then decorated for his bravery whilst forward for instruction as a linesman, he being under heavy shell fire for the first time, his instructing linesman was killed next to him, and he then succeeded in establishing communications over a very heavily shelled area to the 15th Battery’s front line trench, and maintained his line unaided for 24 hours, rendering excellent service to his Battery during a rather critical time.

Group of 3: Military Medal, GVR bust; (300743 GNR: G.R. FOGERTY. 15/BY: 6/BDE: CAN: F.A.); British War Medal and Victory Medal; (300743 A.SJT. G.R. FOGERTY. C.F.A.)

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Gerald Robert Fogerty was born on 16th December 1891 in Limerick, Ireland, and having then emigrated to Canada where he settled in Toronto, Ontario, and worked as a salesman and bookkeeper, but then attested for service with the Canadian Expeditionary Force at Toronto on 15th October 1915, joining as a Gunner (No.300743) the Canadian Field Artillery and serving with the 34th Battery. Arriving in England on 27th December 1915, he then transferred out to the Western Front from 29th February 1916 for service with the 2nd Divisional Ammunition Column, and joined the unit in the field on 2nd March 1916.

Transferring to the 15th Battery, 6th Brigade, Canadian Field Artillery on 2nd June 1916, he then found himself present in the Battle of the Somme and in action near Courcelette on 6th October 1916 when he earned the Military Medal for his work as a linesman, his award being published in the London Gazette for 6th January 1917.

The recommendation reads as follows: ‘For gallantry and devotion to duty near Courcelette on 6th October 1916. This man was forward for instruction when the linesman with him was killed. Though inexperienced, and under heavy shell fire for the first time, he succeeded in establishing communications over a very heavily shelled area to our front line trench, and maintained his line unaided for 24 hours, rendering excellent service to his Battery during a rather critical time.’

Taken sick and evacuated to England suffering from influenza and pneumonia in December 1916, he then saw service in England through to the end of the war, being appointed to Acting Lance Sergeant on 22nd February 1918, and to Acting Sergeant on 17th April 1918, he appears to have never really fully regained his health whilst on war service, and was eventually returned to Canada on 22nd August 1919 and discharged on 9th September 1919. Fogerty later died in England in Sussex on 17th September 1969.