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Military Medal, George V, 1916-1930 issue, attributed, Royal Garrison Artillery, also entitled to the Meritorious Service Medal
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Military Medal, George V, 1916-1930 issue, attributed, Royal Garrison Artillery, also entitled to the Meritorious Service Medal
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Circular silver medal with claw and ornate swivel scroll ribbon bar suspension; the face with the head and shoulders portrait of King George V in Field Marshal’s uniform facing left, circumscribed ‘GEORGIUS V BRITT: OMN: REX ET IND: IMP:’ (King George V King of Great Britain, Emperor of India), signed ‘B.M.’ (for Sir Bertram Mackennal, 1863-1931) on the base of the neck; the reverse inscribed ‘FOR BRAVERY IN THE FIELD’ centrally, the crowned cipher of King George V above, all within a laurel wreath; attributed on the edge to ‘3187 B.S MJR. W.G. SANDYS. R.G.A.’; age-toned, a small edge knick lower right; on replaced correct ribbon. The Military Medal was instituted on 25 March 1916 to be awarded to non-commissioned officers and other ranks for acts of bravery worthy of especial recognition but not meriting the award of the Distinguished Service Medal and was the equivalent of the Military Cross awarded to officers. The Medal became redundant in 1993 when the award of the Military Cross was extended to all ranks. Battery Sergeant Major William Sandys, M.M., M.S.M. was a regular soldier who enlisted in February 1899. From 1914 to 1916 he was engaged on what the National Roll of the Great War describes as ‘important home duties’ which seem to have been as part of the batteries defending Portsmouth naval base. In 1916 he was sent to the Western Front and fought on the Somme and at Arras and Cambrai. He was awarded the Military Medal for conspicuous bravery in the field (London Gazette: 20 August 1919) and the Meritorious Service Medal (London Gazette: 18 January 1919) and was also entitled to the British War Medal 1914-1920 and the Inter-Allied Victory Medal 1914-1919. After the War, he returned to Portsmouth and joined 154th Siege Battery. Sold with a copy of his Medal Index Card and of his entry in the National Roll of the Great War.

 
Military Medal, George V, 1916-1930 issue, attributed, Royal Garrison Artillery, also entitled to the Meritorious Service Medal
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Military Medal, George V, 1916-1930 issue, attributed, Royal Garrison Artillery, also entitled to the Meritorious Service Medal
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Military Medal, George V, 1916-1930 issue, attributed, Royal Garrison Artillery, also entitled to the Meritorious Service Medal
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Military Medal, George V, 1916-1930 issue, attributed, Royal Garrison Artillery, also entitled to the Meritorious Service Medal
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Military Medal, George V, 1916-1930 issue, attributed, Royal Garrison Artillery, also entitled to the Meritorious Service Medal
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Military Medal, George V, 1916-1930 issue, attributed, Royal Garrison Artillery, also entitled to the Meritorious Service Medal
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