On my wall in my office there is a collection of medal groups from soldiers who all volunteered with the 135th Middlesex County battalion CEF.These soldiers were drafted into other battalions and lines of work after their battalion was broken up for reinforcements.
Some served in Forestry,labour and railway units while others went to the CAMC,CASC or line battalions at the front. Most of the groups consist of the same medals but the stories of the individuals vary greatly. A pair to an unwounded soldier who served constantly in combat for 18 months are hanging beside a pair from a soldier who served in the 4th Labour battalion who had his testicle and part of his left leg blown away by shellfire and died a few years later.
Another pair to a MT CASC driver who was wounded and gassed hangs beside an Officers pair who was shot through the head as he stepped out of the jump off trench in the first minutes of his first action at Amiens.
The medals are all the same. The stories are not. They are all equal now.