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I'm trying to find some more information on my aunt's grandfather T F Wilkinson (28663) 3rd Seige Artillery Reserve Batallion. He served from around 1910 to 1923 and my aunt thinks he was wounded at Passchendaele. According to the London Gazette he was awarded the military medal in January 1917 https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/29912/supplement/836/data.pdf

 

How would I find out what he did to be awarded the MM?

 

Thanks

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3 hours ago, topmarksman said:

I'm trying to find some more information on my aunt's grandfather T F Wilkinson (28663) 3rd Seige Artillery Reserve Batallion. He served from around 1910 to 1923 and my aunt thinks he was wounded at Passchendaele. According to the London Gazette he was awarded the military medal in January 1917 https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/29912/supplement/836/data.pdf

 

How would I find out what he did to be awarded the MM?

 

Thanks

 

You may be better to include 5th Siege Battery in the thread title so any member who has a specific interest in that battery may pick it up. You have obviously seen reference to 3rd Siege Artillery Reserve Brigade, a home based unit, may I ask where you have seen this?

 

Kevin

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You may find a citation in the War Diary for his unit, if you can determine which it was.

His BW and V Medal Roll (completed around 1920/1) shows he served with 6 Brigade AC, so you might get a decipher from the specialists here.

His 1914-15 Star ( he first landed in France on15 Sep 1915) has no unit listed.

The LG you quote, in an earlier page prior to the MMs being listed has a generic citation :


"HM the King has been graciously pleased to award the Military Medal for bravery in the field to the undermentioned Ladies,non-commissioned officers and men"

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Thomas was indeed wounded at Passchendaele on 19th November 1917 (strictly speaking shortly after the 3rd Battle of Ypres finished, but the fighting was still going on of course). He was then serving with 5 Siege Battery as a Sergeant helping to prepare new forward howitzer positions at Bulow Farm SE of Langemark, and it was here that he was wounded by shellfire (from the battery war diary).

 

You'll see from my signature below I have an interest in 5 Siege Battery and the men who served in the unit during the war. By any chance do you have a photo of Thomas you'd be willing to share?

 

As Sontonmate has said, from his BWM / VM medal roll entry at one point Thomas was with the Ammunition Column of 6 Brigade RGA (which was 6 Heavy Artillery Group before December 1917). 5 Siege Battery came under orders of 6 Heavy Artillery Group from end July to start of October 1916, so there's a good possibility (though not definite) that he was posted to 5 Siege Battery during this time.

 

Cheers

 

Steve 

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