A very fine Canadian Great War Battle of the Somme Actions inclusive of the 1st July through to 7th August 1916 Military Medal group awarded to Acting Bombardier T.A. MacDonald, 97th Siege Battery, 1st Brigade, Canadian Artillery, and Canadian Garrison Artillery, a native of Boiestown, New Brunswick, who was employed with his battery laying and maintaining telephone lines, and it was for his actions inclusive of 1st July - the first day of the Battle of the Somme through to 7th August 1916, when he severely wounded in action and suffered gunsho

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A very fine Canadian Great War Battle of the Somme Actions inclusive of the 1st July through to 7th August 1916 Military Medal group awarded to Acting Bombardier T.A. MacDonald, 97th Siege Battery, 1st Brigade, Canadian Artillery, and Canadian Garrison Artillery, a native of Boiestown, New Brunswick, who was employed with his battery laying and maintaining telephone lines, and it was for his actions inclusive of 1st July - the first day of the Battle of the Somme through to 7th August 1916, when he severely wounded in action and suffered gunshot wounds to his abdomen, left leg and right thigh, as well a deafness to his right ear due to shell concussion, that he gained his Military Medal, having ‘shown great gallantry in laying telephone wires and maintaining battery communications under shell fire since 1st July’.

Group of 3: Military Medal, GVR bust; (91800 A.BMBR: T.A. MACDONALD. 97/SGE: BY: CAN: A.); British War Medal and Victory Medal; (91800 GBR. T. A. MAC DONALD. C.G.A.)

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Tennyson Alexander MacDonald was born on 14th August 1887 in Boiestown, New Brunswick, Canada, and was a law student when with the outbreak of the Great War he attested for service with the Canadian Expeditionary Force at St John’s on 27th July 1915, joining as a Gunner (No.91800) the Canadian Garrison Artillery.

Posted to No.1 Heavy Battery Depot, he arrived in England on 30th November 1915, and then saw service out on the Western Front from 15th June 1916 as a member of the 97th Siege Battery, 1st Brigade, Canadian Artillery, a unit which was equipped with six 9.2” Howitzers. Present during the Battle of the Somme as an Acting Bombardier and employed laying and maintaining telephone lines, MacDonald was wounded in action on 7th August 1916 when he suffered gunshot wounds to his abdomen, left leg and right thigh, and was admitted to No.11 Stationary Hospital at Rouen, being additionally deaf in the right ear due to shell concussion.

MacDonald was subsequently awarded the Military Medal in the London Gazette for 6th January 1917, and the original recommendation reads: ‘Has shown great gallantry in laying telephone wires and maintaining battery communications under shell fire since 1st July.’ Evacuated to England, MacDonald was invalided to Canada on 12th May 1917 and discharged on 4th April 1918.