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Gazette No. 29780. Military Medal. His Majesty the King has been graciously pleased to award the Military Medal for bravery in the field to the undermentioned. Gazette date 10/10/1916, page 9836.

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A Botesdale Sterry gets a mention in this article from the Diss express, published on December 4th, 1914.

Courtesy of the British Newspaper Archive 

 

 

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Walter Sterry from Ricklinghall is the subject of this 1955 obituary, he served in both the Boer War and WW1.

Another W Sterry MM of Ricklinghall was killed in action.

 

 

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On 27/12/2020 at 03:42, HTSCF Fareham said:

Gazette No. 29780. Military Medal. His Majesty the King has been graciously pleased to award the Military Medal for bravery in the field to the undermentioned. Gazette date 10/10/1916, page 9836.

As stated above, Walter's MM Index Card can be accessed on TNA here: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/D6223994

The 11 Oct 1916 LG  contained awards for the Battle of the Somme earned during 1st to 28th July 1916 (Williamson):

 https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/29780/supplement/9836

Walter's MM schedule no. was 34767 which was late in the range for that gazette.

There are at least 17 MMs to the 2nd Bn. Suffolk Regiment in the same gazette (and some to 4th Bn.): e.g.

34762 Sgt. Johnson Thornhill 8782.

34768 Pte. W. Thompson 3/8446  

34776 Pte. W. B. Smith 3/8894 

34779 Pte. George Pearson 8902

The 2nd Suffolk Battalion war diary does not list the MMs: http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C7352098

but it does mention a list of award recommendations being submitted. The 76 Infantry Brigade or 3 Division WDs may list them.

The Bn. were in action in an attack on LONGUEVAL and DELVILLE WOOD on 20th July 1916. Officer casualties were high (TNA):

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  • 5 months later...

Hello this Luke do you have any records for William George Ernest Sterry RAF service number 1384300?

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Hi Luke,

As he served in WW2 he is outside the remit of the GWF. I have added more detail about Private Walter Sterry 3/4699 and his MM above.

Walter was initially presumed to have been missing in action and to have died on 23 March 1918, but later discovered to be alive as a PoW:

(Ancestry image of 'soldier's effects' entry)

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