A very fine Canadian Great War Third Battle of Ypres attack on Hill 70 15th August 1917 Military Medal group awarded to Lance Corporal F.S. Fowler, 5th Canadian Infantry Battalion - Western Cavalry, an American from Tuscola, Illinois and later Ceylon, Saskatchewan, who saw service out on the Western Front from late June 1916, and whilst participating in the Battle of the Somme, was wounded in action by shrapnel in both hips and his buttocks on 10th September 1916. Returning to the front in late April 1917, he won his Military Medal during an at

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A very fine Canadian Great War Third Battle of Ypres attack on Hill 70 15th August 1917 Military Medal group awarded to Lance Corporal F.S. Fowler, 5th Canadian Infantry Battalion - Western Cavalry, an American from Tuscola, Illinois and later Ceylon, Saskatchewan, who saw service out on the Western Front from late June 1916, and whilst participating in the Battle of the Somme, was wounded in action by shrapnel in both hips and his buttocks on 10th September 1916. Returning to the front in late April 1917, he won his Military Medal during an attack on 15th August 1917, he being the only man with the exception of Lance Corporal Fergusson of his No.5 Platoon to reach the objective, ‘he took up an exposed post here and did excellent work sniping from this position and harassing the enemy who were preparing for a counter-attack.’

Group of 3: Military Medal, GVR bust; (104240 PTE F.S. FOWLER. 5/CAN:INF:); British War Medal and Victory Medal; (104240 L.CPL. F.S. FOWLER. 5-CAN.INF.)

Condition: sometime lacquered, some contact wear, Very Fine.

Frederick Stephan Fowler was born on 29th June 1881 in the United State of America in Tuscola, Illinois, but later moved to Canada to live in Ceylon, Saskatchewan, where he worked as a barber. With the outbreak of the Great War, Fowler attested for service with the Canadian Expeditionary Force at Regina on 11th August 1915, and joined as a Private (No.104240) the 68th Battalion. Arriving in England on 8th May 1916, he then transferred out to the Western Front where he joined the 5th Canadian Infantry Battalion - Western Cavalry on 28th June 1916.

Slightly wounded in action by shrapnel in both hips and his buttocks during the Battle of the Somme on 10th September 1916, he was then treated at the 3rd Canadian General Hospital at Boulogne from 11th September, and evacuated to England for treatment at the Wharncliffe War Hospital in Sheffield on 15th September 1916, and was then transferred to the Canadian Casualty Hospital at Hillingdon House in Uxbridge on 23rd October 1916. Posted to the 15th Reserve Battalion at Bramshott on 13th April 1917, he was then posted back out to the Western Front to rejoin the 5th Battalion on 25th April 1917.

It was during the Third Battle of Ypres that Fowler won his Military Medal during an attack on Hill 70 on 15th August 1917, he being the only man with the exception of Lance Corporal Fergusson of his No.5 Platoon to reach the objective. Fowler’s award was published in the London Gazette for 19th November 1917, and the original citation reads as follows: ‘On August 15th 1917 he was the only man of No.5 Platoon to arrive at the final objective with Lance Corporal Fergusson. He took up an exposed post here and did excellent work sniping from this position and harassing the enemy who were preparing for a counter-attack.’

In this attack his battalion advanced after the barrage which opened up at 4.25 am and the German front line was quickly taken with four casualties. The second objective was harder, with the Germans putting up heavy machine guns and mortars. The Battalion was withdrawn on the night of the 16th August being relieved by the 4th Battalion, having suffered 4 officers killed and 10 officers wounded, and 352 others ranks killed, wounded or missing.

Appointed to Lance Corporal on 23rd August 1917, Fowler was posted to England to join the 15th Reserve Battalion on 22nd August 1918, an officially transferred to this battalion on 2nd October 1918, and having been posted back to Canada on 12th December 1918, was discharged on 9th January 1919.