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    WWI Family Medal Group

    Post by mk1rceme on Tue Dec 06, 2016 8:19 pm

    Not sure if I posted this here yet...a small group from Nursing Sister J.F. Reynolds including a WWI medal pair, Womens Auxiliary pin, and belt buckle. I acquired them from a local family here in Alberta.




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    Post by mk1rceme on Tue Dec 06, 2016 8:23 pm

    I also got five other medals named to the Mills brothers in this same grouping. With a little help from some researchers I found out that Leslie Mills married J.F. Reynolds after the war:

    Jessie Fraser Reynolds* (32), Nurse, married Leslie Steadman Mills** (33), Farmer, on 27 February 1924.

    * Born in Algoma Mills on 6 Mar 1891. Daughter of Stanley Wilberforce Reynolds and Jessie Campbell nee Fraser.

    ** Born in Renfrew, Ontario, on 19 Oct 1890. Name registered as Lewis Steadman Mills. Son of William Mills and Margaret nee McTavish.











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    Post by mk1rceme on Tue Dec 06, 2016 8:28 pm

    William Ward Mills: Photo supplied by great grandson




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    Re: WWI Family Medal Group

    Post by pylon1357 on Fri Dec 09, 2016 2:03 am

    I love these family groupings. I havr yet to add a Nursing Sisters pair to my collection.

    Seems a shame the family parted with these groups. I assume you got the photo of William, as a hard copy photo?


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    Post by mk1rceme on Fri Dec 09, 2016 1:34 pm

    It is, yes. I just trimmed it up when I scanned it.

    The family member I got it from is old, and he wanted them to be preserved. He did not want to give to a museum since one in Ontario already lost Jessie Reynolds nursing uniform back in the 70's. He said his family showed no interest in them. I'm glad to have them.


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    Post by pylon1357 on Fri Dec 09, 2016 3:28 pm

    This is a grand family grouping. Glad to hear the gentleman had the foresight to know the lack of family interest and the pitfalls of some museums. I am biased afterall, but I do believe his choice if allowing a collector to care for them was a wise move.


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    Post by Jonhno on Fri Dec 09, 2016 7:42 pm

    well done with that group, what does CSR on the buckle mean please?
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    Post by mk1rceme on Mon Feb 13, 2017 1:33 pm

    Jonhno wrote:well done with that group, what does CSR on the buckle mean please?  

    I wish I knew


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    Post by mk1rceme on Mon Feb 13, 2017 2:00 pm

    I was going through Leslie Mills digitized files and came across this little gem....looks like I have a very important piece missing from the group. The past owner says he remembers stories about another medal, but never saw it in his lifetime. It is out there somewhere.



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    Re: WWI Family Medal Group

    Post by barriefield-brian on Mon Feb 13, 2017 6:16 pm

    Very nice grouping. Too bad the MM is missing. Cheers Brian
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    Post by mk1rceme on Mon Feb 13, 2017 6:54 pm

    I was going to get these mounted as a group...now it looks like i'll have to put a fake MM in the display. At least the fakes these days look fake.


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    Post by Chuck Biscuits on Fri Feb 24, 2017 9:23 pm

    The CSR on the buckle stands for Combat Stress Reaction..thats a choice grouping you've found by the way..rare to find a group like that..ive got brother combos and father/son combos but nothing like that..that M.M may turn up,you never know...stranger things have happened
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    Post by mk1rceme on Thu Nov 23, 2017 3:41 pm

    Chuck Biscuits wrote:The CSR on the buckle stands for Combat Stress Reaction..thats a choice grouping you've found by the way..rare to find a group like that..ive got brother combos and father/son combos but nothing like that..that M.M may turn up,you never know...stranger things have happened

    So that means she worked with early PTSD sufferers....interesting.
    Thanks for the info 2 thumbs up


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    Post by Chuck Biscuits on Thu Nov 23, 2017 11:06 pm

    Yes sir it does,back when it was first recognized as a legit condition,they called it war neurosis until the term shell shock was accepted..So really it was the beginning of Psychiatric medicine..From what ive read about the subject the "noisy mental cases" as they were called,were sent to England to the Royal Victoria Hospital and the others (shell shock patients) were treated separately at other quieter locations...the medical terms and names for the types of shell shock reactions are almost comical compared to todays standards,names based on the physical reactions of the patient like "Hysterical Dancing Gate","Hysterical Slippery Ice Skate" and "Battling With The Wind"...My grandfather told me a story about himself as a kid in the 1920s and how other children would mimmick and laugh at these shell shock patients,one of his school mates got caught by a teacher doing this and was given the belt for it..In any case the grouping you found is very rare considering that the majority of the nursing sisters at that time would have been involved in the surgical aspect of medicine rather than the psychiatric one..when i get a moment to find it i will post some pics of one of my nursing sister groupings,which also included a belt and buckle of the other variety for a comparison...and a side note just looking at the info you have on Leslie Mills,the mothers address in Ottawa is right in the meat and potatoes of downtown ottawa,cooper st crosses bank st,about a 5 min drive from the parliament buildings,and get this..the address 480 really rang a bell for me,and i just sent them a text message to confirm,I have a friend that lives there!..at 480 cooper st!..the house still exists and is in good shape,broken up into 3 apartments now,she rents the ground level!..how messed up is that?..And the place of birth being Renfrew is a 15min drive from my current location..Its not uncommon for some of these items to remain in the area so if i just so happen to find the missing M.M around here i will turn it over to you;)

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