​ A fine Canadian Third Battle of Ypres operations in front of Passchendaele 21st to 27th October 1917 Battalion runner’s single Military Medal awarded to Private later Corporal T. Smith, 50th Canadian Infantry Battalion - Calgary, who saw service out on the Western Front from August 1916, and during the operations before Passchendaele from 21st to 27th October 1917 he repeatedly undertook the most dangerous trips carrying important messages with absolute disregard for his personal safety.

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Product ID: CMA/24398
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A fine Canadian Third Battle of Ypres operations in front of Passchendaele 21st to 27th October 1917 Battalion runner’s single Military Medal awarded to Private later Corporal T. Smith, 50th Canadian Infantry Battalion - Calgary, who saw service out on the Western Front from August 1916, and during the operations before Passchendaele from 21st to 27th October 1917 he repeatedly undertook the most dangerous trips carrying important messages with absolute disregard for his personal safety.

Military Medal, GVR bust; (447324 PTE T. SMITH. 50/CAN:INF:)

Condition: Nearly Extremely Fine.

Thomas Smith was born on 12th October 1883 in Berry Hill, Gloucestershire, England, and having emigrated to Canada found work as a stone cutter, and saw service for six years with the Canadian Militia in the 93rd Regiment. With the outbreak of the Great War, he attested for service with the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force at Calgary on 22nd June 1915, joining as a Private (No.447324) the 56th Canadian Infantry Battalion - Calgary.
Arriving in England on 11th April 1916, he transferred to the 50th Canadian Infantry Battalion - Calgary, and then proceeded out to the Western Front on 10th August 1916. It was during the Third Battle of Ypres during operations before Passchendaele between the 21st and 27th October 1917 that he performed the act of bravery which led to his award of the Military Medal in the London Gazette for 23rd February 1918.
The recommendation reads as follows: ‘Before Passchendaele, during the operations October 21st - October 27th 1917. As Battalion runner he repeatedly undertook the most dangerous trips carrying important messages with absolute disregard for his personal safety. His work was most praiseworthy.’
Smith was one of 21 recipient’s of the Military Medal presented to this battalion on 30th November 1917. Promoted to Corporal on 9th May 1918, he returned to Canada on 28th May 1919 and was discharged on 9th June 1919.