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Silver Cross: CM.1456-2009

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Object information

Current Location: In storage

Maker(s)

London (Mint)
Struck in the rule of George V (1910-36) (Ruler)
Canada (State)
With the title of GRI (George V) (Ruler)

Description

The Silver Cross, now known as the Canadian Memorial Cross since the introduction of a similar award by New Zealand in 1960, was instituted in 1914, and was issued to the mother and/or widow of any Canadian serviceman killed in action during the Great War of 1914-1918. The initial award was concluded in 1919, but a new version struck in 1940 for Second World War service deaths and it has remained on issue since that time. In 2006, indeed, the first award was made to a widower in memory of his wife, who had been killed in combat in Aghanistan.
This cross was awarded to the next-of-kin of Private C. Smith, of the Royal Canadian Army. As the cross bears the monogram of George V, his fatal service must have been during the Great War, but no more is known. Lester Watson acquired the cross at some point before 1928.

Notes

History note: Gift of L. Hoyt Watson; ex Lester Watson Collection, acquired before 1928

Legal notes

Given by Lester Watson through Cambridge in America, 2009

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 31.8 mm
Weight: 13.23 g

Place(s) associated

  • London

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2009) by Watson, Lester

Dating

1914 - 1919

Materials used in production

Silver

Techniques used in production

Struck

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Royal monogram in centre of cross on wreath, top arm of cross bearing crown and other three maple leaves

  • Text: GRI
  • Location: Obverse
  • Type: Design

Inscription present: Inscription on cross with ring

  • Location: Reverse
  • Type: Design

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Identification numbers

Accession number: CM.1456-2009
Primary reference Number: 141550
Watson Catalogue: 379
Ordering: M-0339
Previous object number: LW.0339
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Saturday 22 January 2022 Last processed: Sunday 23 January 2022

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Coins and Medals

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