A fine Canadian Great War Western Front attack near Avion 28th June 1917 Military Medal awarded to Sergeant W.G.W. Stokes, 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion - Royal Ottawa, who was present on active service from October 1916, and during a battalion attack near Avion on 28th June 1917, ‘showed the most untiring enemy and cheerful spirit. In the four days of the advance he encourage his men and set them a splendid example in the manner in which he carried out his duties. He showed not the slightest hesitation in taking up any necessary position un

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A fine Canadian Great War Western Front attack near Avion 28th June 1917 Military Medal awarded to Sergeant W.G.W. Stokes, 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion - Royal Ottawa, who was present on active service from October 1916, and during a battalion attack near Avion on 28th June 1917, ‘showed the most untiring enemy and cheerful spirit. In the four days of the advance he encourage his men and set them a splendid example in the manner in which he carried out his duties. He showed not the slightest hesitation in taking up any necessary position under the heaviest shell fire and by his courage greatly facilitated the work of his Company.’ Stokes was subsequently wounded in action by a gunshot wound to the right arm received during the Battle of Amiens on 27th September 1918.

Group of 3: Military Medal, GVR bust; (410629 SJT: W.G.W. STOKES. 38/CAN: INF:); British War Medal and Victory Medal, both name erased.

Condition: last two both name erased, otherwise Good Very Fine or better.

Walter George William Stokes was born on 12th February 1891 in Bristol, England, and having seen service for a period with the British Army Volunteer Force, then emigrated to Canada where he settled in Ottawa, and worked as a groom. With the outbreak of the Great War, Stokes attested for service with the Canadian Expeditionary Force at Ottawa on 14th January 1915, joining as a Private (No.410629) the 42nd Battalion. Transferring to the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion - Royal Ottawa on 29th March 1915, he then travelled to England on 29th May 1916, and saw service out on the Western Front from 6th October 1916.

It was when in action near Avion on 28th June 1917 during a Battalion attack, that Stokes won his Military Medal when serving as a Sergeant, the award being published in the London Gazette for 17th September 1917. The original recommendation reads as follows: ‘For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during the attack on 28th June 1917, when this N.C.O showed the most untiring enemy and cheerful spirit. In the four days of the advance he encourage his men and set them a splendid example in the manner in which he carried out his duties. He showed not the slightest hesitation in taking up any necessary position under the heaviest shell fire and by his courage greatly facilitated the work of his Company.’

Stokes was subsequently wounded in action by a gunshot wound to the right arm received during the Battle of Amiens on 27th September 1918, and was returned to Canada on 24th March 1919 and discharged on 3rd April 1919.