We all have our collecting themes. Some of the more popular themes as we are all aware are, Regimental, Gallantry, Casualties, last names, Hometowns, whatever suits ones fancy. Some of these themes command high premiums, and seem to be more desirable.
When a highly desirable group is obtained, it gets much attention and many are showcased within the overall collection. This I understand fully and can appreciate. I have to ask about the ‘average soldiers’ medals. I am referring to those soldiers who answered the call to arms, did their duty, returned home to resume their daily lives to the best of their abilities. These simple pairs seem to be passed on by many collectors.
One such pair is the one I just acquired. A simple BWM VM pair to a soldier named A.J. West. I saw this pair sometime ago in an eBay sellers ‘store’ It seemed to be there for quite some time with a buy it now price of what I consider at the lowest end of BWM VM pairs. No research had been done on this pair that I could tell.
I had to go to the National Library and Archives Canada to request a file for a single VM and some paperwork in my collection that I am researching, so I ordered up A.J. West’s Service file at the same time.
Nothing spectacular in West’s service records at all. No major battles, no WIA or KIA, no Gallantry Award. Just the service record of soldier. Actually what was surprising to me was his length of service overseas. It was cut very short due to a pr-existing illness that was no doubt aggravated by his service...I assume.
It will be some time before I can photos of this pair as I am leaving for the sandbox tomorrow again and the pair will arrive after I leave.