- 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 FRANK RICHARD WALSH; E.C.P. ; 31; (reverse/verso): W
- Materials Bronze
- Service Component Canadian Expeditionary Force
- Unit 52nd Canadian Infantry Battalion
- Person / Institution Subject, Walsh, Private Frank Richard
- Measurements Thickness 0.5 cm, Outside Diameter 12.0 cm
- Caption Medals Project- Walsh, Frank Richard
Frank Richard Walsh was born in Port Perry, Ontario, in 1881. His enlistment documents show two different birthdates: 22 March and 18 September.
A veterinary student, Walsh first enlisted on 5 August 1916, in Brandon, Manitoba, in the 174th Battalion. Later discharged due to illness, he re-enlisted on 26 February 1918, also in Brandon. In France, he served in the 52nd Battalion.
Walsh was killed in action on 1 October 1918, during the Battle of the Canal du Nord. That day, his battalion suffered over 100 casualties as it continued to push forward against German positions. All but one of the battalion’s company officers and a “very great number” of its non-commissioned officers became casualties. That severely limited the battalion’s effectiveness as a fighting force as the day went on. Nevertheless, the battalion captured approximately 250 prisoners from six German regiments, 20 machine guns and one field gun.
Frank Richard Walsh is buried in Drummond Cemetery, Raillencourt, France.