Map Taken from the Body of Lt. Rankin, Canadian Aviation Corps,

with battle account and copy of obituary with what appears to be a blood stain on map; all of his personal possessions were returned to his mother in Woodstock, New Brunswick, Canada. The map is a manuscript map drawn by CF.D. Ross, A.B. Ransley 1st FC Can. Eng., in three colors on thin oilcloth, and entitled Secret Information, 15.5" x 17.25" with Messines in upper right corner. This was the town over which Rankin was killed. His obituary is a copy of the letter written by his commanding officer G. I. Carmichael to his father, Dr. Rankin, which reads in part He was one of the luckiest fellows I have ever had in my squadron and I am sure he met the death he would have chosen. He was doing escort to a photographic screen well over German lines. First they attacked three hostile machines and drove them off. They then attacked three more, sending one down in flames, and a second glided down emitting smoke, evidently having been hit in the engine. He was standing up firing over the top plane at the third machine when a bullet hit him in the head. It was a grand fight against long odds, and it was a splendid death.... While the dark brown stain has not been tested, it does appear to be blood.

The Battle of Messines launched on June 7, 1917, under the command of General Herbert Plumer was a tunneling and mining of the enemy positions.

Condition:Very good.

Estimate: $300 - $500
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