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CEF trios v 1/7/16 Somme casualties


trenchtrotter
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I attended a recent militaria fair at Bham this weekend and a chap was selling somew CEF memorabelia. He statted more men died on 1/7/16 on the Somme than soldiers from the original CEF who would have been entitled to 1914 or 1914/5 trios (casualties or not). He stated only 170000 or so trios were issued most CEF only being entitled to pairs......

Comments? Knowledge? Confirmation?

Thanks

TT

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doh...17000!!!

TT

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Rarity does not always mean a higher value. There have been fewer George Crosses than Victoria Crosses awarded, but the latter are the more sought after.

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One factor that pushes some CEF prices is that CEF regimental collectors are most often pursuing medals or other artifacts to men from a single battalion. This makes them relatively scarce by comparison to Corps items or those of British Regiments with multiple fighting battalions (where some of those collectors may be seeking items from any of a number of units).

Veterans Affairs Canada gives the following figures for medals issued to Canadians:

1914 Star - 160 awarded to 2nd Canadian Stationary Hospital members who served with the British Expeditionary Force beginning 06 November 1914. A few Canadians who were attached to British Units also received the medal. (Approximately 378,000 medals plus 145,000 bars were awarded to members of the British Expeditionary Force.)

1914-15 Star - 71,150 issued to Canadians (of a total 2,366,000 issued).

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Thanks...scotches the myth...

Regards

TT

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I'd love a pair to the 46th.

Going against collectors wisdom,preferably to a survivor :wub:

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