The Memorial Cross, also known as the Silver Cross, was first created in 1919 for the mothers and widows of Canadian military personnel who died in service. This one was presented in honour of Private Philip Lariviere, a Métis soldier from Camperville, Manitoba, killed on 11 August 1918 while serving with the 1st Canadian Mounted Rifles. Lariviere and many other First Nations volunteers from across Western Canada had enlisted in the 107th Battalion in 1916. Overseas, the unit was converted to a pioneer battalion and many individual soldiers were sent to reinforce other units.
Tilston Memorial Collection of Canadian Military Medals CWM 19830409-001