QSA (3) Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal (262 S.S. G. Smith... th. Coy. 2nd. Imp: Yeo:);
KSA (2) (Lieut. G. S... I.Y. att. A.S.C.) engraved naming, both with suspension claws re-affixed and traces of brooch mounting at 6 o’clock that has obscured the naming.
Geoffrey Smith was born in Handsworth, Staffordshire, in 1876 and attested for the Imperial Yeomanry at Warwick on 9 January 1900. He served initially as a Shoeing Smith with the 5th (Warwickshire) Company, 2nd Battalion in South Africa during the Boer War from 30 January 1900, and was subsequently commissioned Second Lieutenant, serving on attachment to the 10th Company, Army Service Corps.
Military Medal, GV (T-13202 Sjt: - A.S.S. Mjr: - A. C. Sparks. 19/Res: Pk: A.S.C.);
QSA (3) Relief of Kimberley, Paardeberg, Driefontein (13202 Corl. A. C. Sparkes, A.S.C.);
AGS 1902 (1) Somaliland 1908-10 (13202 Cpl A. C. Sparks. A.S.C.);
1914 Star, with clasp (T-13202 Sjt A. Sparkes. A.S.C.);
British War and Victory Medals (T-13202 W.O. Cl. 1. A. C. Sparks. A.S.C.) note the spellings of surname
MM London Gazette 13 March 1918 (France).
Albert C. Sparks was a native of Ruthin, Wales. He served with the Army Service Corps during the Second Boer War and was ‘Invalided 20 August 1900’ (Medal Roll refers), and in Somaliland 1908-1910. Sparks advanced to Warrant Officer Class 1, and served during the Great War with the Corps in the French theatre of war from 5 October 1914.
CBE (Mil, 1st);
QSA (4) Belmont, Modder River, Transvaal, Wittebergen, (Capt. J.G. Lecky. A.S.C.) engraved naming;
KSA (2) (Capt. J.G. Lecky, A.S.C.), engraved naming;
1914 Star with original Aug-Nov clasp, (Major J.G. Lecky. A.S.C.);
British War and Victor)/' Medals with MiD (Col. J.G. Lecky)
CBE (Mil) The London Gazette 3rd of June 1919.
Mentioned in Despatches The London Gazette 20.10.14, 17.2.15, 4.1.17, 5.7.19.
LG 10.11.1896 Promoted Lt.
LG 18.10.10 Promoted Major.
LG 1.11.10 Vice posting.
LG 19.10.14 MiD.
LG 23.20 Half pay Lt Col with a CBE.
LG 8.6.20 Promotion Colonel CBE.
LG4.1.24 Retired on Full Pay Colonel CBE.
Sudan (S/12576 Pte. G. R. Watts. ASC);
QSA (3) Relief of Kimberley, Paardeberg, Driefontein (12575. Pte. G. R. Watts. ASC);
KSA (2) (12575 Cpl. G. R. Watts. ASC);
1914-15 Star, unnamed;
BWM and VM (S2SR-01762 S.Sjt. G. R. Watts. ASC);
Khedive Sudan (1) Khartoum, unnamed as issued
George Robert Watts was born at Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, in 1872 and attested for the Army Service Corps in February 1896. He served with the Corps in Egypt and the Sudan from July to October 1898, and in South Africa during the Boer War from October 1899 to August 1902.
He was promoted Corporal in April 1902, and was discharged in February 1908, but re-enlisted following the outbreak of the Great War and served with the Army Service Corps on the Western Front from 4 September 1915.