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Re: Re: [WarOf1812] VC commemorative coin

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  • John Carlson
    If you prefer the 2006 Proof set which includes a penny, nickel, dime, quarter, half dollar, Looney, Tooney and a 2-colour dollar coin with the Victoria Cross
    Message 1 of 4 , May 20, 2006
      If you prefer the 2006 Proof set which includes a penny, nickel, dime,
      quarter, half dollar, Looney, Tooney and a 2-colour dollar coin with the
      Victoria Cross in gold coloured metal. The cost is 89.95 from the Canadian
      mint.

      You can check it out on their web site at www.mint.ca
      Click on "The Store" at the top. Click on "Catalogue Browser". You will see
      a picture with about 36 smaller squares (about 6 squares x 6 squares). The
      item in question that Peter is mentioning is in square number 20. The one I
      am referring is in square number 29. Select that square and you should get a
      good picture of the coin.

      John Carlson


      ----- Original Message -----
      From: "Peter Monahan" <petemonahan@...>
      To: <WarOf1812@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Saturday, May 20, 2006 1:29 PM
      Subject: Re: Re: [WarOf1812] VC commemorative coin


      Ray

      Thanks for that! Should have checked my sources.

      I was priviliged to meet Ernest Smith, VC once, very briefly and many years
      ago in Toronto, as he had become a good friend of the late Bill Elms, a WWII
      vet and former RSM of the 48th Highlanders with whom I was lucky enough to
      be acquainted.

      Smith was, according to Bill Elms at least, a Native Canadian and his
      nickname was more properly "Smoke" and derived from his "traditional name'
      rather than an army nickname. He returned regularly to Italy with veteran's
      groups until shortly before his death.

      His VC citation is attached below

      Peter

      *******************

      Ernest Alvia Smith, VC, CM, OBC, CD (1914 - 2005)

      Ernest Alvia 'Smokey' Smith, was born in New Westminster, B.C. in 1914 and
      educated in elementary and technical schools there. He left his work with a
      contracting firm to enlist in the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada in March
      1940, joining the regiment overseas a few months later. He was a private
      when he won the Victoria Cross at the Savio River in Italy on Oct. 21-22,
      1944.

      The Seaforth Highlanders of Canada were the spearhead of the attack across
      the river, which torrential rain had caused to rise six feet in five hours,
      making it impossible to get tanks and anti-tank guns across to support the
      rifle companies.

      The right forward company was suddenly counter-attacked by three Panzer
      tanks, supported by self-propelled guns and some 30 infantry. Private Smith
      led his PIAT (projector, infantry, anti-tank) group of two men across an
      open field and left one man on the weapon. Crossing the road, Private Smith
      obtained another PIAT. An enemy tank attacked and wounded the man on the
      first PIAT. Smith fired his own and put the tank out of action. German
      infantry jumped from the tank and attacked him but Smith drove them back
      with his tommy gun. Obtaining more tommy magazines which had been abandoned
      in a ditch, Private Smith steadfastly held his position, and later gave aid
      to his wounded comrade.

      "No further immediate attack developed and as a result, the battalion was
      able to consolidate the bridgehead position so vital to the success of the
      whole operation, which led to the eventual capture of San Giorgio Di Cesena
      and a further advance to the Ronco River," reads the citation in part.

      'Smokey' Smith left the army for a short time after the war, but rejoined
      and served until August 1964, when he was released with the rank of
      sergeant.






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