An Extensive Collection of Medals for Long and Meritorious Service

Date of Auction: 25th June 2008

Sold for £920

Estimate: £700 - £800

Canada Meritorious Service Medal, E.VII.R. (S.M. (W.O.) G. T. Allum, C.A.P.C.) good very fine, rare £700-800


George Thomas Allum was born at George Green, Langley, Buckinghamshire, England on 3 September 1868. He attested to the Royal Artillery at Greenwich on 13 May 1884 (Gunner No. 42717) giving his age as 18 years and 10 months (actually 15 years and 9 months). He was transferred as Gunner 1 Brigade, Northern Irish Division on 1 January 1885, which became 3 Western Division with the re-organisation on 1 August 1889, and on 14 August 1889 he extended his service to complete 12 years with the colours. Promoted to Bombardier on 20 July 1893 and Corporal on 2 February 1894, he re-engaged at St. Georges, Bermuda on 23 April 1895 for such time as to complete 21 years of service. His final promotion was to Sergeant on 27 November 1894. As a Sergeant he was discharged as medically unfit at Netley on 19 July 1904 after 20 years and 68 days, having seen service in Bermuda, Halifax, Nova Scotia and Jamaica. He was awarded the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal with a gratuity of £5 by Army Order 172 of October 1904. He then enlisted as P.F. 26 in the Canadian Army Pay Corps (Permanent Force) on 5 September 1908, and attested to the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force (serving in Canada) as 2777360 on 27 September 1917. He was discharged to pension on 14 July 1920. The award of his M.S.M. was announced in the Canada Gazette of 13 April 1918. After retirement, he resided at 93 Larch Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia and died at Calgary, Alberta on 9 May 1953. With copies of about 40 pages of records of attestation, service, medical, and discharge.