Just spent three very tiring days at a Gun and Military Show here in Calgary...… Very disappointed with the number (only 2 QSA;s) and quality, (One was renamed) of the medals that I was looking for...… There were plenty of medals, badges and uniforms which were very nice but trying to find anything Boer War or South African is quite hard..... There was one interesting booth, Hunting Safari's to Namibia...… Lots of western items and of course cowboy items..... But I did not leave completely empty handed..... A side cap for the 16th Lancers and a Trivet…… Then an hour before the show ended along came a silver trophy..... Could not resist for a couple of reasons.....
STRETCHER SECTION COMPETITION CUP
Then The Red Cross
SURGEON-MAJOR BIRKETT AND SURGEON LIEUTENANT YATES
The shape of a Boer War period water bottle supported by three stretchers mounted on a wooden base with one award plaque.....
SQUAD NO. 2
Found the men on the Trophy...… Both were at McGill University and Number 3 General Hospital with John D. McCrae the author of "In Flanders Field's"
Herbert Stanley Birkett, M.D.
Born Hamilton, Ont., July 17th, 1864
Son of William Birkett (deceased), and Caroline Amelia Ball.
Educated: Forest House School, Chester, England ; McGill University, Montreal; (M.D., C.M., LL.D., McGill.).
Professor, Otolaryngology, McGill University from 1894.
Dean, Faculty of Medicine, 1914 to 1921.
Chief of the Department of Otolaryngology, Royal Victoria Hospital.
Past President, the American Laryngological Assoc.
American Otological Society and American Rhinological-Otological and Laryngological Society.
Hon. President, Clinical Congress of Laryngology, London, England, 1919.
Vice-Pres., Section of Otology and Laryngology, British Medical Assoc.
1897 and 1906. Past President, Montreal Medico-Chirurgical Society
Hon. Member of the Italian Laryngological Society
Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine
Semon Lecturer, University of London, Eng., 1922.
Surgeon-Major, Victoria Rifles of Can. 1887.
Commanding Officer No. 3 Bearer Coy and No. 4 Field Hospital, 1900.
Principal Medical Officer, Military District No. 4, 1906.
Organizer and O.C. No. 3 Canadian General Hospital (McGill).
Consulting Otolaryngologist, Boulogne Area, France.
Asst. Director-General, Canadian Medical Corps, Overseas Military Forces of Canada.
Mentioned in Despatches by Field Marshall Sir Douglas Haig and awarded Companionship most Honorable Order of the Bath, 1917.
Married Margaret MacNaughton, July 12th, 1899; has one daughter.
Clubs: Mount Royal; University; Hunt; Royal Montreal Golf. Societies: Fellow, American Laryngological Assoc.; American Otological Society; American Rhinological, Otological & Laryngological Society; Bronchoscopic Society Royal Society of Medicine; British Medical Assoc.; Montreal Medico-Chirurgical Society. Recreation: Golf.
Church of England.
Residence: 252 Mountain Street, Montreal
Henry Brydges Yates
The son of Henry and Emily Yates of Brantford, Ont.
He was born in Montreal, Que., on May 10, 1865.
Yates was educated in England at Charterhouse and obtained a B.A. at Jesus College, Cambridge in 1888.
He then returned to Montreal, where he earned a medical degree at McGill University in 1893. Yates served as captain of the football team at McGill. He was a lecturer in bacteriology and served on staff at McGill from 1898 until 1914.
In 1914, he was elected president of the Quebec branch of the Canadian Red Cross Society.
During the war, he rose to the rank of Lieut.-Colonel, served as a doctor in the Canadian Army Medical Corps and was the second in command of the No. 3 Canadian General Hospital (McGill) in Boulogne, France.
While overseas, he organized football and baseball games for his unit, making him very popular among the troops. After active service in France, Yates fell ill, suffering from bronchitis after a fierce storm on Nov. 13, 1915. He was admitted to the very same hospital he administered but failed to improve during the next few days and was evacuated to England where he died at Ramsgate (near Kent) on Jan. 22, 1916.
His body was returned to Montreal, where it was buried in the family tomb at the Mount Royal Cemetery on Feb. 16, 1916.
THE YATES CUP.......
On Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015 the Yates Cup will be presented for the 108th time, to the winners of the Ontario University Association football championship game between the No. 5 nationally-ranked Guelph Gryphons and the No. 2 Western Mustangs.
The Cup was first presented in 1898 by Dr. Henry Brydges Yates of McGill University, to the Toronto Varsity Blues, winners of the Canadian Intercollegiate Rugby Football Union. The Cup is the oldest continually played for football trophy in North America, predating the Grey Cup by 11 years and also the Little Brown Jug, the trophy awarded to the winner of the University of Michigan - Minnesota game in Division 1A which was also first presented in 1909.
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