78th Battalion (Winnipeg Grenadiers) CEF War + Victory Pair

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    78th Battalion (Winnipeg Grenadiers) CEF War + Victory Pair

    Post by LittleBlackDevil on Mon Aug 21, 2017 2:03 pm

    Hello everyone,

    A few weeks ago I got my first medal pair to the 78th (Winnipeg Grenadiers) CEF. Using my "cheat sheet" I saw that the service number on the medal was in between 147001-150000 service number used by the 78th.

    The pair is named to 148626 Pte. V. G. Bodkin. 78-Can. Inf. Although I've done minimal research on the man, I do have some basic information. Born in Killarney, Ireland. He enlisted on the 28th of December, 1915 (see image 4). He was wounded December ?th, 1916. Deemed medically unfit for war service, April 17th, 1918.

    The ribbon on the 78th War Medal is a original period replacement that I added myself, the set was missing that ribbon. The Victory medal sports its original ribbon. I personally think the pair is original, everything looks good on it and checks out (to me). Overall nice pair to the 78th (Winnipeg Grenadiers).

    Thank you for reading, and have a nice day.

    Regards,

    -Jamie





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    Re: 78th Battalion (Winnipeg Grenadiers) CEF War + Victory Pair

    Post by pylon1357 on Mon Aug 21, 2017 6:44 pm

    Nice addition. I assume you have downloaded his Service Records?

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    Post by LittleBlackDevil on Mon Aug 21, 2017 6:55 pm

    pylon1357 wrote:Nice addition. I assume you have downloaded his Service Records?

    Hello Cliff,

    Thanks, I think it will go great in my collection. I'm not sure where to download WWI Service Records, the "research" I did was searching his name on the web and finding that clip of information. Do you know any good place(s) to go to find and download WWI Service Files?

    Best regards,

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    Post by swamprat_12 on Tue Aug 22, 2017 12:21 am

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    Post by pylon1357 on Wed Aug 23, 2017 10:18 am

    Swamprat, thanks for adding this link.

    Jamie follow the link provided. It will take yiu to Bodkins arrestation papers. From there you will find a link (BO843-S011) click on that link and it will open his digitized cef service records.

    You can download the PDF file

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    Post by LittleBlackDevil on Wed Aug 23, 2017 10:38 am

    Swamprat,

    Thank you kindly for the link to his attestation papers.

    Cliff,

    Thank you for the instructions, I look forward to downloading and reading through his service file. I never had researched a CEF soldier before as I had limited named gear/medals to WWI, but now I know where to go to research them.

    Thank you both. I shall see what turns up in his files...

    Best regards,

    -Jamie

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    Re: 78th Battalion (Winnipeg Grenadiers) CEF War + Victory Pair

    Post by Jonhno on Thu Aug 24, 2017 7:08 am

    have to keep us updated on what you find out,

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