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MM and QSA combinations 9 months 1 week ago #47963

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MM GV (MS-4947 Pte. E. Watts. RAS.C.) prefix to number officially corrected;
QSA (5) CC, RoK, Paard, Drie, DH (5603 Corpl. E. Watts. King’s Shropshire Lt: Infty:) re-engraved naming, fourth clasp a tailor’s copy;
KSA (2) (5603 Corpl: E. Watts. Shrops: L.I.);
1914 Star, with copy clasp (MS-4947 Pte. E. Watts. A.S.C.);
BWM and VM (MS-4947 Sjt. E. Watts. A.S.C.)

E. Watts served during the Great War with the Army Service Corps, and was awarded the Military Medal whilst attached to the Guards Division, Motor Transport Company.
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MM GV (3506 A. Sjt: W. Litchfield. 1/R. Lanc. R.) unit partially officially corrected;
QSA (4) CC, OFS, SA01, SA02 (4535 Pte. W. Lichfield. K.O. Rl: Lanc: Regt.);
1914-15 Star (3506 L. Cpl. W. Lichfield. R. Lanc: R.);
BWM and VM (MID) (3506 Sjt. W. Lichfield. R. Lanc. R.)

Walter Lichfield was born at St Mary’s, South Shields, Northumberland in 1876. On the outbreak of the Great War he re-enlisted in the King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment at Altrincham, Cheshire, and served with the 1st Battalion during the Great War in France from 15 December 1914. Appointed Acting Sergeant on 22 May 1916, he was killed in action on the Western Front on 1 July 1916, the first day of the Battle of the Somme, on which date the 1st Battalion, King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment was involved in attacking enemy positions between Beaumont Hamel and Serre. The battalion was attacking enemy positions that were well fortified and on high ground with good observation of the area. In the early stages of the attack heavy artillery fire caused serious casualties in the battalion, the presence of these guns had been previously unsuspected and combined with uncut wire and undamaged enemy dug-outs made the crossing of no-mans land more or less impossible. Nevertheless some of the battalion did succeed in reaching and crossing the German front line penetrating almost as far as Serre. Unfortunately these small groups were overwhelmed by enemy troops who came in from the left and right behind them. Casualties were very severe in the battalion, 22 officers and 387 other ranks being posted as either killed, wounded or missing. By the evening the British troops were back in their own trenches with no gains having been made. Lichfield has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.
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MM and QSA combinations 8 months 2 weeks ago #48464

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Group to Sgt W Litchfield, killed on the first day of the Somme.


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MM GV (3506 A. Sjt: W. Litchfield. 1/R. Lanc. R.) unit partially officially corrected;
QSA (4) CC OFS 01 02 (4535 Pte. W. Lichfield. K.O. Rl: Lanc: Regt.);
1914-15 Star (3506 L. Cpl. W. Lichfield. R. Lanc: R.);

MM London Gazette 28 July 1917.
MID London Gazette 1 January 1916.

Walter Lichfield was born at St Mary’s, South Shields, Northumberland in 1876. On the outbreak of the Great War he re-enlisted in the King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment at Altrincham, Cheshire, and served with the 1st Battalion during the Great War in France from 15 December 1914. Appointed Acting Sergeant on 22 May 1916, he was killed in action on the Western Front on 1 July 1916, the first day of the Battle of the Somme, on which date the 1st Battalion, King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment was involved in attacking enemy positions between Beaumont Hamel and Serre. The battalion was attacking enemy positions that were well fortified and on high ground with good observation of the area. In the early stages of the attack heavy artillery fire caused serious casualties in the battalion, the presence of these guns had been previously unsuspected and combined with uncut wire and undamaged enemy dug-outs made the crossing of no-mans land more or less impossible. Nevertheless some of the battalion did succeed in reaching and crossing the German front line penetrating almost as far as Serre. Unfortunately these small groups were overwhelmed by enemy troops who came in from the left and right behind them. Casualties were very severe in the battalion, 22 officers and 387 other ranks being posted as either killed, wounded or missing. By the evening the British troops were back in their own trenches with no gains having been made. Lichfield has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.
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MM and QSA combinations 8 months 2 weeks ago #48469

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I can't give you a picture right now, but the following exists:

Military Medal 829 Gnr AD Clark 74/SIEGE BY SAHA
Queen's South Africa 844 AD Clark Port Elizabeth TG
British War Medal Gnr AD Clark SAHA
Victory Medal Gnr AD Clark SAHA
Special Constabulary Long Service Medal Alwyn D Clark

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MM and QSA combinations 6 months 2 weeks ago #49749

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From the next DNW auction


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MM GV (23928 Pte. H. Whitehead. 12/York: R.);
QSA (3) DoL, Tr, Laing’s Nek (9834 Pte. H. Whitehead, K.R.R.C.);
BWM and VM (23928 Pte. H. Whitehead York. R.);

with K.R.R.C. Sports Award, bronze cross, engraved ‘Inter-Company Sports for Ceylo Shield, 1902, 100 Yards Race, 2nd, won by Pte H. Whitehead’

MM LG 29 August 1918.

Harry Whitehead was born in Stockton, County Durham, and attested for the King’s Royal Rifle Corps at Leeds, in January 1897. He served with the Regiment during the Second Boer War, 18 September 1899 - 28 July 1900. Whitehead was discharged 24 January 1909, having served 12 years with the Colours. He re-engaged for service during the Great War with the 12th (Service) Battalion, Yorkshire Regiment (Tee-side Pioneers).
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An MM group with a Mediterranean Medal


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MM GV (12774 Pte. E. Mortimer 11/W. York: R.);
Queen’s Mediterranean 1899-1902 (4921 Pte. Mortimer [sic]. W. York: Regt) suspension claw re-pinned, minor official correction to number;
1914-15 Star (12774 Pte. E. Mortimer, W. York. R.);
BWM and VM (12774 Pte. E. Mortimer W. York. R.)

MM LG 9 December 1916.

Edward/Ebeneezer Mortimer was born in Morley, Leeds, Yorkshire, and attested for the 3rd Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment in March 1900 (the medal roll for the Queen’s Mediterranean is consistent with the medal, in that no initial is given). Having served in the Militia, Mortimer subsequently attested for the 11th Hussars, 18 July 1902. He deserted twice, and was imprisoned twice, firstly for 25 days and subsequently for 112 days. During his second term of imprisonment he was discharged for misconduct, 26 November 1902. All of the above had been carried out under the name of ‘Edward’, and of all his service was forfeited.

Mortimer re-engaged for service as ‘Ebeneezer’ for the Great War. He served during the Great War with the 11th Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment, in the French theatre of war, from 27 August 1915. He received a gunshot wound to the arm in 1916, and a severe gunshot wound to the head, 29 August 1917. During 1916 the 11th Battalion were heavily engaged as part of the 69th Brigade, 23rd Division, on the Somme.

In February 1918, Mortimer was back on active service, having transferred to the Royal Flying Corps as an Air Mechanic 3rd Class, and he ended the War as a Private 2nd Class in the R.A.F. Mortimer was also a recipient of the Silver War Badge.
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