QSA (2) Cape Colony, South Africa 1902 (3188 Pte. W. Powell. K.R.R.C.);
1914-15 Star (3188 Sjt. W. Powell. K.R. Rif: C.);
British War and Victory Medals (3188 A.W.O. Cl.1. w. Powell. K.R. Rif. C.)
M.C. London Gazette 1 January 1918.
One of only 781 Warrant Officers to be awarded the Military Cross during the Great War.
William Powell was born in 1881 and attested for the King’s Royal Rifle Corps on 15 October 1900. He served with the 4th Battalion in South Africa during the Boer War, and during the Great War on the Western Front from 19 May 1915. He was severely wounded at Hermies, France, on 22 March 1918, in the same action in which Sergeant Harold Jackson, of the 7th Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment, was awarded the Victoria Cross; as a result of his wounds Powell’s left leg was amputated. He was discharged on account of wounds on 26 July 1918, and was awarded a Silver War Badge, no. B.5632.
QSA (4) Cape Colony, Transvaal, Laing’s Nek, South Africa 1901 (3728 Pte. H. C. Chapman, Vol: Co: K.R.R.C.);
1914 Star (1980 Sjt. H. C. Chapman. 1/16 Lond: R.) rank officially corrected;
British War and Victory Medals (1980 Sjt. H. C. Chapman.16-Lond. R.);
Volunteer Force Long Service Medal, E.VII.R. (5155 Pte. H. C. Chapman. 13/Middx. V.R.C.) officially impressed naming
Together with Bronze Memorial Plaque (Henry Charles Chapman) this an officially engraved late issue contained in original OHMS envelope addressed to Mr E. A. Chapman and post marked for March 1938
Henry Charles Chapman, Sergeant, “D” Coy., 1/16 London Regiment (Queen’s Westminster Rifles) died on 10 May 1915, aged 45, and is buried in West Ham Cemetery.
Sold with silver cigarette case, hallmarked Chester 1908, the lid with engraved inscription, ‘D. Coy. Queen’s Westminster Rifles, 2nd Prize, won by L-Corpl. Chapman 1908.’, together with two enclosure letters for Great War medals addressed to Mrs E. M. Chapman, and an original news cutting announcing his death:
‘For many years deceased served with the Volunteers, and went through the Boer War, being in South Africa at the time of his father’s death. He had retired from the service, but on the outbreak of war was called upon, and given the rank of sergeant. For some weeks he was assisting in the training of new troops, but quite early in the war he went out to the front. He was at Armentieres when he was taken ill. He was brought home on March 3rd, and taken to the hospital at Manchester, where he died, his age being forty-six.’
His MIC. notes ‘1914 Star brought to change’, and ‘Rank amended Star re-issued 24.2.20’.
IGS 1854 (2) Burma 1889-92, N.E. Frontier 1891 (4894 Pte. F. Payne 4th Bn. K.R. Rif. C.);
IGS 1895 (1) Relief of Chitral 1895 (4894 Pte. F. Payne 1st Bn. K.R. Rifle Corps) official correction to surname;
QSA (7) Cape Colony, Tugela Heights, Orange Free State, Relief of Ladysmith, Laing’s Nek, Belfast, South Africa 1901 (4894 Pte. F. Payne, K.R.R.C.)
Fred Payne was born in the Parish of St Martins, Birmingham, and attested for the King’s Royal Rifle Corps at Winchester on 21 December 1888. Posted to the 4th Battalion, he served in India and Burma from February 1890 to January 1897, serving with the 4th Battalion in Manipur in 1891, and in Burma in 1892, before being posted to the 1st Battalion in October 1892. He then served with the 1st Battalion at the Relief of Chitral in 1895, and throughout the Boer War 1899-1901. He was discharged on 1 January 1902.