The Memorial Cross (also known as the Silver Cross) first appeared on December 1, 1919. It was given to mothers and widows of Canadian soldiers who died while they serving in the military or whose death was subsequent to their service. Qualifying mothers and widows automatically received the crosses and they were allowed to wear them whenever they pleased even though they weren’t veterans themselves. On the cross were engraved the name, rank and service number of the fallen loved one.
This Memorial Cross was given to the family of Major W.J. Holliday, MC who was killed in action during World War I while serving with The Royal Montreal Regiment.