Canadian’s Passchendaele Victoria Cross to go on sale a century after it was won
OTTAWA —Passchendaele. In this protracted battle, more than 500,000 people, including 15,000 Canadians, were killed or injured as weeks of rain and shells turned the battlefield into a sea of mud. However, in the 1917 summer and autumn, nine Canadians will be awarded the Victoria Cross, the highest medal of bravery in the British Empire. Now, one of the Victoria Crosses, awarded 24-year-old Cpl. Colin Barron (Colin Barron) is scheduled to be auctioned on 100 for his actions before December. 5. David Erskine said: \"Barron\'s attraction is not just the caliber of the citation, but even the suicide mission. Hill is a medal expert at Spink, a London auction house. \"He touched me as a soldier. He helped his comrades outside and let them pass this terrible advantage. So in the end, when he takes life, the enemy, he saves the life of his comrades. The story is like this. Frustration drives Barron to act. On Nov. 1916, a cold drizzle fell on the muddy shellstorn and blood- The soaked fields around the Belgian village and the ridge, with the name passerendale on it. The Canadian Legion- Shop assistants, farmers, miners, logging workers, shopkeepers, in the case of Barron, railway workers -- After liberating the other allies, it has been fighting for two weeks in distress. Barron was part of the third attack on the ridge. He was a Scot who moved to Canada in 1910 and joined forces in Toronto in 1914 to fight Germans across the Atlantic. The ridge is firmly protected by a German bunker and five machines. guns. Canadians tried many times to get close to throwing grenades, but were thrown back with heavy casualties. The attack appeared to be on the verge of collapse, and Barron\'s daughter later described him as his young writer, Stephen Snelling, who held things in his own hands. \"Barron is directing the camp\'s Lewis gun department, and he is frustrated by the repeated reversal. So he decided to show his way, \"Snelling wrote in his book, venture capital in World War I: Passchendaele 1917. \"He swam around the flank, carrying weapons with him, and somehow he reached a position close to the strong point without being seen. Then he\'s at point- A blank range of devastating consequences. Barron\'s reference to the Victoria Cross later attributed his actions to \"making the far Results were achieved and progress continued. \"Canadians will suffer a terrible amount of pain in passerendale, and historians later questioned whether this had any real impact on the war. \"Historians see this as proof of reckless leadership,\" Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said at a low-level meeting. An important ceremony in Ottawa on Friday to mark the 100 th anniversary of pakhlunda. \"Still,\" he added, \"When we think of our brave soldiers, we are still proud to remember the battle, which they fought with perseverance, courage and commitment to a bigger cause \"Barron tried to join the RCMP after the war, but was told he was too short. Instead, he became a member of the Ontario Police before rejoining. Enlisted during World War II. In 1958, he died at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto. Barron\'s Victoria Cross was sold by the family of the recently deceased collector ErskineHill said; It is not clear when or how the collector won the medal, but the medal is no longer in the hands of Barron\'s family. Since the award was set up in 1856, a total of 96 Victoria Crosses have been awarded to Canadians, but none since World War II. The last one in the auction was awarded to the major. David Curry was sold to British collectors during World War II for $550,000 in August. Barron\'s bid is expected to start at about $250,000, and while the Canadian War Museum is one of those who bid for the Corey medal, it won\'t say if it will take part this time. Erskine- Hill acknowledged that some might question the sale of part of Canadian history, but said that most collectors consider themselves to be \"custodians\" of these medals \". \"They are very keen on research, and they are very keen on recalling the deeds of these people,\" he said . \" He pointed out that many collectors will lend money to museums and even offer medals. \"If these medals were only placed in boxes, in drawers, or in bank coffers, they would be forgotten, they would not be alive, and they were not preaching the deeds of the soldiers who won them.