Cyrus Austin won this silver plated hip flask during a Whist Drive at Barnfield Hall, Exeter in January 1918. Cyrus was an American serviceman, who served in the Canadian army during the First World War.
While serving with the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force in France he became ill with nephritis (kidney problems) and being invalided to No 5 Hospital in Exeter to recuperate. He was in Exeter from December 1917 to January 1918, he then spent time at several other military hospitals in England before returning to Canada and being discharged due to ill health.
His full military medical record is digitised and available online.
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