Trenches: ‘Military Medal’

This is one of many letters sent by staff of the Great Western Railway Audit office at Paddington who had enlisted to fight in the First World War.

William Davis sent the card to E.H. Serjent who worked in the Great Western Railway Audit office at Paddington. Davis was also mentioned in the office newsletter for March 1917 for his bravery on the battlefront (RAIL 253/516). Read a letter from William Davis and see his photograph.

William Charles Davis, January 1917. Born: 12 November 1884, Regiment: Royal Army Medical Corps, Regiment number: 31223, Rank: Lance Corporal; Sergeant, Returned to office: 10 February 1919 Retired: 12 November 1944


Christmas card:

XXa “LIGHT” DIVISION, A few days’ rest in billets, January 1917.

With best wishes from W.C. Davis to all at the office.

Newsletter (extract):

…. (Davis) was presented with a wrist watch and pocket case, and silver pencil case on behalf of his colleagues as a token of their appreciation of the honour bestowed upon in receiving the Military Medal.

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