Canada General Service, bar Fenian Raid 1866, Private George Cantly, 9th Battalion, Voltiguers de Quebec. A Scotsman turned Canadian who lived in Montreal.
Officially impressed in Canadian Style: “Pte G. Cantly. 9th Bn.”
Confirmed on the medal roll, and on the regimental muster list for 1866.
Good condition with attractive silver tone over the years.
Mr George Cantly, who formerly served in the 9th Battalion better known as the “Voltiguers de Quebec” when mobilised for active service in the Fenian Raid of 1866 during March 1866, finally receiving this medal for his service during 1901, at which point like most recipients who received such long overdue recognition, he was just over 70 years old.
George Cantly was born somewhere in Scotland circa 1831-33
He emigrated to Canada as a young teenager during 1847 when he was about 14-16 years old, being first traced on the early 1861 Census, already living in Montreal with his wife Sarah.
During his life he married Sarah, who was born in Ireland, and they lived in Montreal together for over 50 years.
He had come to Canada in 1847, and Sarah in 1850.
He is found on the muster and pay lists of the 9th Voltiguers de Quebec for the year of 1866 when he was mobilised with his Militia unit.
Remaining in Quebec, he can be found on the following censuses: 1881, 1891, 1901 and 1911.
According to the medal roll, a now about 70 years old Mr George Cantly was sent this medal on 24th August 1901 and sent back receipt of the medal on 28th October 1901.
The 1881 Census notes him as a Gardener.