Category Archives: Honours and Awards

663/240052 Sergeant Frank Greatorex from Clay Cross

Enlisted in May 1908 and arrived in France in February 1915. Caught pneumonia in May 1918, returned to England and was discharged in February 1919.

Medals awarded to Frank Greatorex (image courtesy of Shane Harper)
Medal Index Card
Frank only served overseas with the 1/6th Battalion
Frank was treated for pneumonia at the 23 CCS and 18th General Hospital before being transferred to England on the 16th May 1918.

172/238002 Sergeant James Mellor from Derbyshire

A pre-War Volunteer who enlisted into the Territorial Force in April 1908. Arrived in France in February 1915 and served with “D” Company. Wounded at Kemel in May 1915. Disembodied in January 1919.

Awarded the Territorial Force Efficiency Medal in April 1913 (image courtesy of Shane Harper)
James served with the 1/6th and 1/5th Battalions

118555 Pte Edmond Salmon

British War medal

Edmond was part of a draft of at least 140 men that were mobilised and posted to the 3rd (Reserve) Battalion, the Sherwood Foresters between 12th-13th June 1918. The 3rd Battalion was was part of the Tyne Garrison based in Sunderland and was responsible for training new recruits, along with the 4th (Extra Reserve), 5th (Reserve) and 7th (Reserve) Battalions.

The men were issued regimental numbers between (at least) 118431 (Frank Hartwell from Hucknall) and 118571 (Walter Kirkham). The service records of at least six of these men still exist, and based on these records it is possible to piece together the movements of Edmond and his comrades.

Following training the men disembarked from Dover to the Base Depot in France on the 4th October 1918 and were initially posted to the 11th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters.

Army Service record for 118459 Pte Harry Hubbard, a boundary labourer from Sheepbridge in Chesterfield

However, before they could reach their unit they were transferred to the 1/6th (and 1/5th) Battalions, presumably to make up for losses during the storming of the Hindenburg Line between 29th September and 3rd October. This would be one of the last reinforcements that the 1/6th received – possible reinforcement number 57.

On this day 5th January 1918: The following Awards were announced in the London Gazette

Military Cross: Captain FW Hipkins

Mentioned in Dispatches: Lieut Colonel BW Vann, Captain E Kershaw MC, 1865/240304 Sgt F Pott

Distinguished Conduct Medal: 2113/240421 Sgt J Atterbury

Meritorious Service Medal: 2135/240431 Sgt HG Benstead, 1663/240203 Sgt H Hodgkinson

Frederick Wystan Hipkins

Fred Pott

Harry Gordon Benstead

Edward Kershaw

Bernard William Vann