- Place of Use Continent - North America, Country - Canada
- Category Communication artifacts
- Sub-category Personal symbol
- Department Arms and Technology
- Museum CWM
- Earliest 1919/12/01
- Latest 1919/12/01
- Inscription 540508 Pte. C.P. CROFOOT; (note/note): BUCKINGHAM PALACE. I join with my gratefule people in sending you this mormorial of a brave live given for others in the Great War. Geroge R.I; (card/carte): CANADA This cross is presented to you in memory of one who in the Great War died for King and Country MINISTER OF MILITA & DEFENCE; (card handwritten/carte écrit à la main): This medal is for my grand ching Paul Severty M Memory of my ... he died for us
- Support bar brooch
- Materials Sterling silver, Mammal leather, Paper, Silkworm silk
- Rank Private
- Service Component Canadian Expeditionary Force
- Unit 44th Canadian Infantry Battalion
- Person / Institution Associated monarchy, King George VSubject, Crofoot, Private Charles Paul
- Measurements Height 2.0 cm, Length 8.2 cm, Width 6.5 cm
- Caption Charles Paul CROFOOT
- Additional Information Born in 1892 in Toronto, Crofoot enlisted in 1915 in the Divisional Cyclist Corps, and proceeded overseas in 1916. He underwent training at the Lewis Gun School, Le Touquet, France from 27 December 1916 to 4 January 1917. Crofoot died of wounds on 12 April 1917.
- Caption Medals Project- Crofoot, Charles Paul
Charles Paul Crofoot was born in Toronto, Ontario, on 19 February 1892. He was the third child of William Crofoot, a shoemaker, and Hannah Crofoot.
A printer, Crofoot enlisted in the Divisional Cyclist Corps in Toronto on 19 November 1915. At the time, he had three months’ military experience in the Corps of Guides militia unit.
On 22 January 1916, Crofoot sailed for England from Halifax, Nova Scotia, on SS Missanabie, arriving in Plymouth on 30 January. Based at camp Bramshott, a Canadian military facility in Hampshire, for training, he was transferred to the 74th Battalion on 9 June 1916. A month later, he was transferred again, this time to the 44th Battalion. On 6 October 1916, Crofoot arrived in France. After orientation and further training at the Canadian Base Depot in Le Havre, he joined the 44th Battalion in the field on 1 November 1916. A month later, he was selected for Lewis gun training and spent a week at the Lewis Gun School in Le Touquet, France.
Crofoot died at No. 11 Field Ambulance on 12 April 1917 as a result of wounds received during the Battle of Vimy Ridge. Although there is no record of where or when he was wounded, his battalion had been involved in the assault on the two most heavily fortified German positions on Vimy Ridge: Hill 145 (10 April) and the Pimple (12 April).
Charles Paul Crofoot is buried in Villers Station Cemetery, Villers-au-Bois, France.