MM GV (6000 Pte W. Barker. 11/Manch: R.);
QSA (5) Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal, South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902 (6000 Pte W. Barker. Manch: Regt. M.I.) minor edge bruising;
1914 Star, with copy clasp (6000 Pte W. Barker. 2/Manch: R.);
British War and Victory Medals (6000 Pte. W. Barker. Manch. R.)
MM London Gazette 2 November 1917.
William Barker was a native of Oldham, and served with the Manchester Regiment Mounted Infantry during the Second Boer War. He served during the Great War with the 2nd Battalion, Manchester Regiment in the French theatre of war from 8 October 1914. Barker subsequently transferred to the 11th (Service) Battalion, and it was for gallant service with them that he was awarded the MM.
MM GV (4128 L. Cpl. T. Rogers. 10/Hrs:);
QSA (3) Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Belfast (4128 Pte. T. Rogers, 10th Hussars);
KSA (2) (4128 Pte. T. Rogers. 10th Hussars.);
1914 Star (4128 Tptr: T. Rogers. 10/Hrs.);
British War and Victory Medals (4128 Sjt. T. Rogers. 10-Hrs.);
Army LS&GC GV 1st issue (H-47010 Tptr. T. Rogers. 10/Hrs:);
Delhi Durbar 1911 (4128 Lc./Cpl. Tpr. Rogers. T. 10th Hussars)
MM London Gazette 26 May 1917.
Thomas Rogers served with the 10th Hussars during the Second Boer War. He advanced to Trumpeter, and served with the Regiment during the Great War in the French theatre of war from 6 October 1914 (entitled to ‘clasp’). Rogers advanced to Sergeant, was awarded the L.S. & G.C. in 1918, and subsequently transferred to the Royal Sussex Regiment.
Sgt Amos Vimpany, Natal Guides. QSA (Tugela Heights, Relief of Ladysmith).
Also entitled to the Transvaal and South Africa 1901 clasps awarded for service with the Scottish Horse.
Pte Amos Vimpany, 2nd Regiment, South African Infantry. Military Medal, War & Victory Medals. (Medals missing.)
The MM was recorded in the London Gazette of 20.8.1918.
I have more about Vimpany, but I decided to make this premature post in case anyone has a record of the fate of his World War I medals.
MM GV (27603 Sjt.-A.C.S. Mjr. H. H. Nicholson 47/Coy: Lab: C.);
QSA (3) Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Belfast (No. 4320 Sergt. H. H. Nicholson. 1st Bn. The Royal Scot..) renamed;
KSA (2) (No. 4320 Sergt. H. H. Nicholson. 1st Bn. The Royal Scots.) renamed;
1914-15 Star (3518 Sjt. H. H. Nicholson. York & Lanc. R.);
British War and Victory Medals (31541 A.W.O. Cl. 2. H. H. Nicholson. Linc. R.) partial loss of naming to both medals;
MSM GV (27603 Sjt. H. H. Nicholson. 47/Coy: Lab: C.)
All medals heavily polished and worn.
MM LG 20 August 1919.
MSM LG 18 January 1919.
Sold with a large Normanton Urban District Council illuminated testimonial Certificate, recording the award of both the MM and MSM, mounted in a heavy wooden glazed display frame; a Post Card portrait photograph; and two news cuttings, one announcing his death and another celebrating ‘Local Heroes’ which reads:
‘Company Sergeant Major Bert Nicholson, Normanton, awarded Meritorious Service Medal, Military Medal, and twice mentioned in despatches.
Company Sergeant Major Bert Nicholson, of Princess-street, Normanton, has this week been notified by the War Office that he has been awarded the Military Medal, for which he was recommended as the result of a particularly smart piece of work in March, 1918. He is an old soldier, having enlisted in the Royal Scots Regt. in 1892. The following year he was sent out to India, and served through the whole South African campaign from 1899 to 1902, being badly wounded in the leg. When the present war broke out he volunteered for service in 1914, and was sent out to the Dardanelles in 1915, taking part in the Suvla Bay landing, during which he was wounded. After being in hospital for some time he was invalided home as unfit for further service, but was recalled and sent out to France in March 1917. When the Armistice was declared he was in the line at Mons. C.S.M. Nicholson, who was in the 6th Batt. York and Lancs. until he was demobilised a short time ago, is a native of Spofforth, and he is very well known in the Harrogate district, especially in theatrical circles. For many years he was employed at the Palace, High-street, Normanton, in the days when Mr Dobite was manager, and he has also taken charge of large theatrical enterprises in London and the provinces. In the recent campaign, in addition to receiving the M.M., he was also awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, and has been twice mentioned in despatches. He is at present employed on the railway at Normanton.’
Herbert Henry Nicholson died at Bradford on 8 March 1939, aged 66.
Note: No record has been found of his wound in the Boer War, nor of his mentions in the Great War.