Great War 1914 Star M.S.M Group of 4 Medals with 1917 M.I.D.
WW1 1914 Star Gallantry Group.
The group comprises a 1914 Star with slider bar, British War Medal, Victory Medal (with M.I.D. Oakleaf emblem), Meritorious Service medal (GVR) mounted on a bar for wear with ribbon bar with Oakleaf and detached, but present, rosette.
The medals are named as follows:
1914 Star – 93911 GNR. W. J. BOURNE R. F. A.
BWM and Victory Medal – 93911 SJT. W. J. BOURNE R. A.
M.S.M. – 93911 SJT. W. J. BOURNE R. F. A.
Mentioned in Despatches – London Gazette 18th May 1917 (no. 30077, pp 4872). Haig’s despatches of 9th April 1917.
Meritorious Service Medal – Edinburgh Gazette 21st January 1919 (no. 13391. Pp 422) 93911 Sjt. Bourne, W. J., 15th D.M.T. Coy. (Brighton).
This group comes with 2 original newspaper cuttings confirming the award, these are fragile cuttings being in excess of 100 years old.
Walter John Bourne was born in St Marks, Brighton, Sussex and was 37 years old on joining the Royal Field Reserve Artillery on the 27th August 1914. He had previously served in the Sussex Artillery Volunteers.
He entered France 16th August 1914 with 25th Brigade.
His wife was Fanny Elizabeth and they lived at 352 Easter Road, Brighton, later moving to 39 Sheal’s Crescent, Maidstone, Kent.
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