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A 'Passchendaele' Military Medal & campaign medal group of 4 awarded for 'Conspicuous Gallantry': Sergeant Robert David Boddie Canadian Machine Gun Corps, late 28th (North West) Battalion Canadian Infantry, Canadian Expeditionary Force
- Military Medal. GV first type (73288 Sjt: R. D. Boddie. 6 / Coy Can: M.G.C.)
- 1914-15 Star (73288 Pte. R. D. Boddie. 28/Can:Inf:)
- British War Medal. Silver issue (73288 Sjt. R, D. Boddie. 28-Can. Inf.)
- Interallied Victory Medal (73288 Sjt. R. D. Boddie. 28-Can Inf)
Sold together with;
- Recipients original aluminum identity disc
- Original transmittal letter for the 1914-1915 Star
- Original transmittal letter for the Military Medal
- Original photograph of recipient taken 'In-the-Field' rev marked 'Lens, France Dec 1917'
Note: All medals verified as entitled and issued per recipients 'Service Papers' (held and accessible a the National Archives of Canada)
- Military Medal: London Gazette issue of 19 November 1917.
The specific deeds for which Sergeant Boddie was decorated with the Military Medal are contained in the Regimental Order 3782 dated 14 September 1917, and the citation states;
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He fought 4 guns with great skill and determination. Although heavily shelled and his guns damaged, he repaired and kept them in action throughout the day, until they could be replaced.
By his courage and cheerfulness under most trying circumstances, he set a splendid example to his men
Important: Sergeant Boddie was confirmed 'Wounded-in-Action', Gun Shot & Shrapnel (G.S.W.), to 'Chest', 1917
Robert David Boddie, the son of James & Margaret Boddie was a native of Port Erroll, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, where he was born on 21 January 1889. At the time of the 1891 National Census for Scotland, Robert's father was recorded as being employed as a 'Cashier in Advocates Office', and the family residing at Holburn Road, Old Machar, Aberdeenshire, in addition to his parents, Robert is recorded as living at home with with 3 x siblings, viz; James, Elizabeth & Margaret. By the time of the 1901 National Census, Robert and his younger sister Margaret, were at that time residing with his grand-parents James & Elizabeth at Path Head, Cruden,Aberdeenshire, Scotland, where his Grandfather is recorded as employed as a 'Farmer'. Robert, recorded as a 'Labourer' appears to have first migrated to Canada in 1910, passenger records showing that he embarked at Liverpool, England, on 15 April 1910, on the 'Allan Steamship Company Ltd' liner the S.S. Victorian, bound for Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Robert made Canada his home, and subsequently became a permanent resident. Robert settled in Manitoba, with the 1911 Census for Canada, showing him as living on a farm at Marquette, Manitoba (the Census claiming he had migrated to Canada in 1907 (sic)). On 28 October 1914, at the age of 25 years and 9 months, Robert attested for the Canadian Army, when he enlisted at Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. Robert joined the locally raised 28th (North West) Battalion Canadian Infantry - for overseas service with the Canadian Expeditionary Force. On enlistment he measured 5ft 7 inches - a significant note, as this positively identifies him as the 'shorter' of the two soldiers in the accompanying photograph taken in the trenches in France, where he is seen as a 'Sergeant' (see chevrons) wearing his 'Brodie' steel helmet. The 28th was brigaded early in 1915 with the 27th (City of Winnipeg) Battalion, the 29th (Vancouver) and the 31st (Alberta). These units formed the 6th Canadian Infantry Brigade- the 'Iron Sixth' in the 2nd Canadian Division
Robert was not the only one of his Scottish born family to have migrated to Canada and subsequently served with the Canadian Army, as his younger brothers James and Alexander - are all also recorded to have enlisted and served during the Great War