3 October 2019
Machine Gun Corps medals for sale
British War and Victory Medals (122752 Pte. A. T. Bury. M.G.C.) nearly very fine. Also sold with two postcards of the recipient, above. £85
Judging from his regimental number, Alfred Thomas Bury joined the Machine Gun Corps in about October 1917 and he was discharged to Class Z of the Army Reserve on the 12th March 1919. The carte postale is addressed "from your affectionate brother Alfred" and on the reverse he has written "To my dearest sister from Alfred, August 3rd 1918".
The photo on the left suggests that Alfred had formerly served with the London Scottish but he must have transferred to the MGC, almost certainly via a battalion of the Training Reserve, before he went to France. This photo bears the photographer's details of A L West & Co who had studios in Winchester and Basingstoke.
British War and Victory Medals (87631 Pte. A. E. Fine. M.G.C.) mounted as worn, very fine
A Londoner from 64 Victoria Road, Hendon, Arthur Fine attested under Derby Scheme on 8th December 1915 aged 34 years and 4 months (born 4th August 1880). He was the husband of Lilian Webb (m 1904 at West Hendon) and father to Arthur John James (b. 11th March 1905) and Stanley (b. 5th December 1906). Mobilised at Mill Hill on the 22nd December 1916 and posted to the 3rd east Surrey Regiment the following day (number 3/21659). Transferred to the Machine Gun Corps on the 6th March 1917.
Embarked Folkestone on the 14th May 1917 and posted to 198 Coy on the 23rd May 1917. Received a severe gunshot wound to his left knee on the 20th September 1917. Spent time in 4th General Hospital Camiers and then at the Military Hospital at Frensham Hill between the 5th October 1917 and the 2nd February 1918 (121 days). Discharged 16th March 1918 and entitled to silver war badge (No 403027) and King's certificate. Arthur Fine died in 1972 aged 91. Papers in WO 364.
British War and Victory Medals (83640 Pte. H. G. Pardoe. M.G.C.) good very fine. £75
Harold George Pardoe was born at Walsall, Staffordshire on either the 23rd July 1898 (according to his death register entry) or the 17th January 1898 (according to the 1939 Register entry). He attested on the 5th Jun 1916 at Stourbridge, stating as age as 18 years and five months (suggesting the January 1898 birth date is the correct one) and was mobilised on the 2nd December 1916.
He served initially with the 96th Training Reserve Battalion (TR/7/17042) before transferring to the Machine Gun Corps at Grantham on the 22nd January 1917. Proceeded overseas with 227 Coy. MGC on the 11th July 1917 disembarking at Havre on the 12th July. Received gunshot wound to left shoulder on the 17th April 1918 whilst serving with the 29th Bn, MGC. To 2nd CCS and then to 2nd Australian General Hospital at Boulogne (20th April) before returned to the UK on the 21st April 1918. Spent 16 days at Fuse Hill War Hospital, Carlisle and 59 days Bleasdale House Auxiliary Hospital, Silverdale, Lancs. Discharged 26th January 1919. Harold Pardoe died in 1979 aged 80.
British War and Victory Medals (106378 Pte. G. H. Fox. M.G.C.) very fine. £75
Born circa 1897 in Burslem, Staffordshire. Attested at Stoke on Trent on the 27th October 1915. Served initially with Army Ordnance Corps and then 106 TRB. Served overseas in France with No 4 Battalion, MGC between October 1917 and January 1918. Discharged from 20 Coy, MGC and demobilised on the 4th February 1919. Intended address given as 335 Trubshawe Cross, Longpost, Stoke-on-Trent. Papers in WO 364.
British War and Victory Medals (66533 Pte. C. N. Harman. M.G.C.) mounted as worn, very fine. £75
Attested with the Royal Sussex Regt at Crowborough on the 9th December 1915 (Derby Scheme) aged 25 years and 310 days (born circa Feb 1890). Mobilised at Chichester on the 30th August 1916 and given the number G/13983. Next of kin: Kate Harman (maiden name, Katherine Camp), wife whom he had married at Crowborough on the 1st January 1910. Two daughters, Evelyn May Harman (born 14th May 1910) and Elsie Katherine Harman (born 2nd April 1916); home address: Stone House Cottage, White Hill Road, Crowborough, Sussex. Transferred to MGC on the 19th October 1916. Served overseas from 17th March 1917. Served with various units of the MGC: 286 Coy, 8th Reserve Bn and latterly 200th Bn, MGC. Demobilised 23rd November 1919. Papers in WO 364.
British War and Victory Medals (130594 Pte. A. E. Roper. M.G.C.) very fine. £75
MGC regimental number dates to Dec 1917 or Jan 1918 but he almost certainly would have served with one or more Training Reserve battalions before this time.