Great War Casualty Memorial Cross, George V issue, Victoria Rifles of Canada, 24th Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force
Silver Greek cross with out-turned tips to the arms, the ends concave, with laurel wreath between the arms, with loop for ribbon suspension; the face with a bevelled Greek cross imposed bearing the cipher ‘GRI’ of King and Emperor George V, the royal crown on the upper arm, the other three arms bearing a maple leaf; the reverse plain, engraved with the attribution ‘65439. / Cpl. F. G. HENDRY’ and silver hallmarked ‘STERLING 3’ at the base; age-toned; on replaced correct ribbon.
The Canadian government proposed in March 1919 an award to commemorate those members of Canada’s armed forces who lost their lives during or as a consequence of World War I, to be awarded to the mothers and widows of the fallen. It was duly authorised by Order in Council on 1 December 1919. Private Frederick George Hendry joined the Victoria Rifles of Canada which came to Europe as 24th Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force.
Corporal Hendry was killed in action on 11 June 1916 and is commemorated on the Canadian National Vimy Memorial.
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