BWM/VICTORY TO HOYLE, QOR & C.M.G. BDE., KIA SOMME 1916

BWM & VICTORY MEDAL NAMED TO C.E. HOYLE, QUEEN'S OWN RIFLES & CANADIAN MACHINE GUN BRIGADE, KIA ON THE SOMME 1916 --- KILLED IN ACTION ON THE DAY BEFORE THE FIRST DAY OF THE SOMME
About VF condition showing a surprising amount of wear for a casualty, the BWM is toned black and the claw is a trifle loose (never repaired or removed though). The impressed naming on the rim is entirely original and reads exactly as follows:
171127 PTE. C.E. HOYLE. C.M.G. BDE.
Pte. Charles Edward Hoyle enlisted in the 83-CEF (Queen's Own Rifles) at Toronto on July 31, 1915, at the relatively senior age of 36 years (copy of his Attestation Paper is included). Pte. Hoyle was killed in action on June 30, 1916, which was the day before the launch of the all-out Allied attack which is now popularly referred to as "The First Day of the Somme".
N O T E: these medals were discovered in a mounted group of 6 medals, i.e., BWM/Victory pair, CVSM, 1939-1945 Medal, LSGC & MSM. The LSGC & MSM were named to another, completely unrelated, soldier by the name of Johnson. One can surmise that Johnson lost his WWI medal pair and purchased a replacement pair from a pawnbroker. This would account for the higher-than-normal degree of wear on Hoyle's medals. Whether or not Johnson was aware that he had been wearing the medals of a soldier
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