Buckam Singh was eligible for two medals for his military service while his mother and wife were eligible for a cross and plaque as the widow and mother of a soldier killed in service. Only the Victory Medal is known to have survived and Buckam Singh's is the only known medal belonging to any of the 9 Sikh Canadians known to have served in WWI. Victory Medals are not very rare by their nature, but given the unique story attached to this Sikh Canadian pioneers medal, this sole surviving medal represents a priceless connection to a young heros valour and service for his country..

Victory Medal
The medal was awarded to all ranks of the fighting forces, to civilians under contract, and others employed with military hospitals who actually served on the establishment of a unit in a theatre of war between 05 August 1914 and 11 November 1918. The obverse shows the winged, full-length, full-front, figure of Victory, with her left arm extended and holding a palm branch in her right hand. The reverse shows the legend THE GREAT / WAR FOR / CIVILISATION / 1914 - 1919 in four lines, surrounded by a wreath, with dots below the words. The medal was authorized in Britain (and for Canadians) on 01 September 1919 and there were 351,289 medals awarded to the Canadian Expeditionary Force. The recipient's name, registration number and rank are engraved on the rim for the first issue.
Buckam Singhs medal reads: 454819 PTE. B. A. SINGH 20 – CAN. INF

 

British War Medal
The medal was awarded to all ranks of Canadian overseas military forces who came from Canada between 05 August 1914 and 11 November 1918, or who had served in a theatre of war. The obverse shows the King George V, bareheaded coinage effigy, facing left, with the legend: GEORGIVS V BRITT : OMN : REX ET IND : IMP : A horseman (St. George, naked), armed with a short sword (an allegory of the physical and mental strength which achieves victory over Prussianism). The horse tramples on the Prussian shield and the skull and cross-bones. Just off-centre, near the right upper rim, is the sun of Victory. The dates 1914 and 1918 appear in the left and right fields respectively. The medal was authorized on 26 July 1919. There were 427,993 issued to Canadians in the Canadian Expeditionary Force.
The medal shown belonged to a Sikh of the British Indian Army and it reads: 2186 SEPOY SUNDAR SINGH, 15 LUDHIANA SIKS.

Memorial Cross GR V
The Memorial Cross, the gift of Canada, was issued as a memento of personal loss and sacrifice on the part of widows and mothers of Canadian sailors and soldiers who laid down their lives for their country during the war; its description was as follows: "The Cross will be a Cross patonce in silver suspended by a purple ribbon; at the end of the upright a crown; at the foot, and at the centre, within a wreath of laurel, the royal cypher "G.R.I." It will be engraved with the number, rank and name of the soldiers commemorated." The Cross awarded to Buckam Singh's wife Pritam Kaur was serial number 805995 and the Cross awarded to his mother Chandi Kaur was serial number 987735.

Memorial Plaque and Scroll

The Memorial Plaque was issued after the First World War to the next-of-kin of all British and Empire (now Commonwealth) service personnel who lost their lives as a result of the war. The plaques, of about 5 inches (120 mm) in diameter and cast in bronze, were designed by the eminent sculptor and medallist, Edward Carter Preston. The figure of Britannia, classically robed and helmeted, standing facing right, holding a modest laurel wreath crown in her extended left hand and supporting a trident by her right side with her right arm and hand. In the foreground a male lion stands facing right. The text arranged around the edge of the piece reads: 'HE+DIED+FOR+FREEDOM+ +AND+HONOUR'. Each plaque had the name of the soldier commemorated, individually embossed as part of the design. The soldiers full name was given without any indication of rank or honours to show equality of sacrifice of all those who lost their lives. A scroll seven inches wide by eleven inches in height was designed to accompany the plaque and was of thick paper bearing the following message - 'He whom this scroll commemorates was numbered among those who, at the call of King and Country, left all that was dear to them, endured hardness, faced danger, and finally passed out of the sight of men by the path of duty and self-sacrifice, giving up their own lives that others might live in freedom. Let those who come after see to it that his name is not forgotten.' A plaque and scroll were awarded to Buckam Singh's mother.
The medal shown belonged to a Sikh of the British Indian Army, awarded to: BUDH SINGH