​ The very fine Battle of the Canal du Nord Military Medal and Second World War group awarded to Bombardier A.F. Menu, 38th Battery, 10th Brigade, Canadian Field Artillery, a French Canadian, who was wounded by shrapnel to the nose in the Third Battle of Ypres on 27th October 1917, and was decorated when on 27th September 1918 he showed great devotion to duty near Inchy in digging in his gun and hauling ammunition under heavy shell fire.

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The very fine Battle of the Canal du Nord Military Medal and Second World War group awarded to Bombardier A.F. Menu, 38th Battery, 10th Brigade, Canadian Field Artillery, a French Canadian, who was wounded by shrapnel to the nose in the Third Battle of Ypres on 27th October 1917, and was decorated when on 27th September 1918 he showed great devotion to duty near Inchy in digging in his gun and hauling ammunition under heavy shell fire.
  Group of 7: Military Medal, GVR bust; (301517 BMBR: A.F. MENU. CAN: F.A.); British War Medal and Victory Medal; (301517 BMBR. A.F. MENU. C.F.A.); 1939-1945 Star; Defence Medal; Canadian Volunteer Service Medal 1939-1945, with Overseas Service Clasp; War Medal. Mounted swing style for wear.

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Together with a Great War Tribute Medal issued by the town of Mons in Belgium to the Soldier’s of the 3rd Canadian Division, white metal, with original ribbon.

Alphonse Felix Menu was born on 8th August 1896 in the town of St Anne in Manitoba, Canada, and having worked as a clerk, with the outbreak of the Great War, then attested for service with the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force at Winnipeg on 22nd November 1915, and joining as a Gunner (No.301517) the Canadian Field Artillery.

Posted to the 37th Battery of the 10th Brigade, Menu embarked from Canada at St John, New Brunswick aboard the R.M.S. Missanabic on 26th February 1916, and disembarked at Plymouth, England, on 13th March 1916. Menu was then posted to the Western Front via Portsmouth on 13th July 1916, landing in France at Le Havre the next day to join the 38th Battery.
The 38th Battery within the 10th Brigade, formed as part of the 3rd Canadian Division, and Menu was then present throughout the Battle of the Somme, except for a brief period ill with a bad chest from 27th to 31st August 1916, when he was treated at the 9th Field Ambulance.
From 14th June 1917 he was treated for diahorrea at the 1st and then the 16th Field Ambulance, and returned to duty on 19th June. During the Third Battle of Ypres, on 27th October 1917, Menu was wounded by shrapnel to the nose, which fractured it, and was then processed through the 44th Casualty Clearing Station and on via the 9th Canadian Field Ambulance to the 6th Convalescent Depot. Menu rejoined his unit in the field on 24th November 1917.

Menu was on leave at the time of the opening of the German March Offensive, but then rejoined his unit on 28th March, and was appointed to Acting Bombardier on 13th September 1918. It was for his bravery at Inchy in the opening stages of the Battle of the Canal du Nord on 27th September 1918, that Menu was awarded the Military Medal for bravery in the field in the London Gazette for 3rd July 1919.
The citation reads as follows: ‘For bravery and determination. On September 27th, Gunner Menu showed great devotion to duty near Inchy in digging in his gun and hauling ammunition under heavy shell fire.’

The Brigade War Diary for this day records that ‘about zero, which was 5.20 am, batteries began moving into position about the old front line at Inchy, and were all in action at 7.40 am. The 35th Battery suffered heavily, 3 Officer’s and seven other ranks wounded and a number of horses killed. As per orders the barrage was picked up at Zero plus 176. At 4.00 pm batteries moved forward to positions in E.6 and Headquarters was established at E.10.b.3.9’.
Menu was subsequently attached to the Canadian Corps Artillery School on 3rd November 1918, and did not rejoin his unit till 19th December 1918, being then promoted to Bombardier on 25th January 1919. Menu was posted home for dispersal on 19th March 1919. Menu apparently later saw service during the Second World War in the United Kingdom. 


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