- Place of Use Continent - North America, Country - Canada
- Category Communication artifacts
- Sub-category Personal symbol
- Department Arms and Technology
- Museum CWM
- Earliest 1918/01/31
- Latest 1920/12/31
- Inscription (obverse/avers): HE DIED FOR FREEDOM AND HONOUR LEWIS A. CURRIER; E.C.P. ; 4; (reverse/verso): W
- Materials Bronze
- Rank Private
- Service Component Canadian Expeditionary Force
- Unit 21st Canadian Infantry Battalion
- Person / Institution Subject, Currier, Private Lewis Alexander
- Measurements Thickness 0.5 cm, Outside Diameter 12.0 cm
- Caption Lewis A. CURRIER
- Additional Information Born in Ottawa in 1876, Currier enlisted in 1914 in the 21st Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) and arrived in Britain in May 1915. He disembarked in France in September, attached to 4 Canadian Infantry Brigade as a groom, an individual who assisted in the care of horses. He died of acute gastritis in January 1917.
- Caption Medals Project- Currier, Lewis Alexander.
Lewis (sometimes recorded as Louis) Alexander Currier was born in Carleton, Ontario, on 20 July 1876. He was the second of the six children of Lewis D. Currier, an engineer, and Sarah Currier.
In 1899, Currier married Laura Brown. According to census records, by 1911, they had two daughters, Lola (11 years old) and Erylin (7 years old).
An upholsterer, Currier joined the 21st Canadian Infantry Battalion (Eastern Ontario) in Kingston, Ontario, on 6 November 1914. He and his unit sailed to England on SS Metagama on 6 May 1915, embarking in Montréal, Quebec. The ship arrived in Plymouth on 15 May 1915. The 21st Battalion then travelled by train to West Sandling Camp, part of the Canadian military complex at Folkestone, Kent, where it commenced training as a unit of the newly formed 2nd Canadian Division.
In September 1915, the 21st Battalion was shipped to France, disembarking in Boulogne on 14 September. On 18 January 1916, Currier was hospitalized with influenza, returning to duty nine days later. On 27 March 1916, he was attached to the 4th Canadian Infantry Brigade headquarters as a horse groom. This posting meant that he missed the 21st Battalion’s (and, indeed, the 2nd Canadian Division’s) first major engagement, the Battle of St. Eloi (27 March to 16 April 1916). Currier died of acute gastritis (inflammation of the stomach lining) in Bully-Grenay, France, on 2 January 1917.
Lewis Alexander Currier is buried in Fosse No. 10 Communal Cemetery Extension, Sains-en-Gohelle, France.