A very fine Canadian Great War Battle of the Hundred Days Valenciennes night of 31st October to 1st November 1918 Brigade Linesman’s Military Medal group awarded to Lance Corporal later 2nd Corporal D.B. Doney, 4th Canadian Signal Company, Canadian Engineers, a native of Thornhill, Manitoba, and later Herbert, Saskatchewan, who prior to the war was employed as a telegraph operator. Seeing service out on the Western Front from August 1916, he was decorated when on the night of 31st October to 1st November 1918 previous to an attack he was called

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A very fine Canadian Great War Battle of the Hundred Days Valenciennes night of 31st October to 1st November 1918 Brigade Linesman’s Military Medal group awarded to Lance Corporal later 2nd Corporal D.B. Doney, 4th Canadian Signal Company, Canadian Engineers, a native of Thornhill, Manitoba, and later Herbert, Saskatchewan, who prior to the war was employed as a telegraph operator. Seeing service out on the Western Front from August 1916, he was decorated when on the night of 31st October to 1st November 1918 previous to an attack he was called upon to work under extremely difficult conditions in an area which was being heavily shelled with gas. He gave a fine example of personal bravery, and again on 1st November remained at duty during the day, repaired lines which were being repeatedly cut by enemy shell fire. He showed an utter disregard for his personal safety and though exposed to extremely heavy shell fire and accurate machine gun fire during the day he stuck to his post, and as a consequence of his efforts, communication was maintained at a time of extreme importance.

Group of 3: Military Medal, GVR bust; (504887 L.CPL D.B. DONEY CAN:E.); British War Medal and Victory Medal; (504887 2.CPL. D.B. DONEY. C.E.)

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Together with the recipient’s Canadian Expeditionary Force ‘For Service at the Front’ Badge, this numbered on the reverse: ‘135195’.

David Blackburn Doney was born on 5th December 1890 in Thornhill, Manitoba, but later lived in Herbert, Saskatchewan, and worked as a telegraph operator. With the outbreak of the Great War, Doney attested for service with the Canadian Expeditionary Force at Herbert on 10th February 1916, joining as a Sapper (No.504887) the Canadian Engineers. Posted to the United Kingdom on 29th May 1916, and then out to the Western Front on 11th August 1916, he was posted to the 4th Canadian Signal Company, a unit of the 4th Canadian Divisional Signals.

Promoted to Lance Corporal, Doney was employed as a Brigade Linesman near Valenciennes on the night of 31st October to 1st November 1918 during the Battle of the Hundred Days when he was awarded the Military Medal for bravery in the field in the London Gazette for 3rd July 1919. The original recommendation reads as follows: ‘For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. During the operations near Valenciennes this soldier performed the duty of Brigade Linesman. On the night of 31st October / 1st November 1918 previous to the attack he was called upon to work under extremely difficult conditions in an area which was being heavily shelled with gas. He gave a fine example of personal bravery, and again on 1st November remained at duty during the day, repaired lines which were being repeatedly cut by enemy shell fire. He showed an utter disregard for his personal safety and though exposed to extremely heavy shell fire and accurate machine gun fire during the day he stuck to his post, and as a consequence of his efforts, communication was maintained at a time of extreme importance. His example to his comrades was most inspiring.’

Doney was subsequently promoted to 2nd Corporal, and returned to Canada on 31st May 1919, being discharged on 8th June 1919.