On this day 25th August 1917

25.8.1917: The following were awarded decorations for gallantry in connection with the raid on the 15th August:-

  • MILITARY MEDAL: 240138 Sgt TW SPENCER and 240853 Sgt S HADFIELD

1504 Spencer1504 Spencer Medals1504/240138 Sgt Thomas William Spencer was a machine attendant from Matlock and a Pre-War Territorial who enlisted in November 1911. He arrived in France with the 46th Division in February 1915 and served throughout the War. He was wounded on the 3rd October 1918 during the attack on Ramicourt where he also won a Bar to his Military Medal.

3819/241233 L/Cpl Francis William Hobbs enlisted into 2/6th Battalion in February 1915 and served with A Company in 1/6th Battn. MM, LG 9.7.17 (for Gallantry on 23rd April 1917 at Fosse 3 De Lievin) and Bar LG 18.10.17 (for action on 18th August 1917). Previously wounded on the 30th May 1917.

3023:240853 Hadfield3023/240853 Sgt Samuel Hadfield enlisted in October 1914 and arrived in France with the 46th Division in February 1915. Served with “D” Company and had been wounded earlier in the War. Samuel had previously enlisted in 1897 and served in the Boer War of 1899-1902 with the Coldstream Guards; awarded QSA and six clasps, KSA and two clasps.

1/6th Battalion War Diary [WO/95/2694]

139 Infantry Brigade: Headquarters War Diary [WO95/2692]

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