Queen’s Mediterranean (1539 Q.M. Sjt: R. Baxter. Rl: Mun: Fus:);
IGS 1908 (1) North West Frontier 1908 (Ltt. & Q. Mr.R. T. Baxter 1st Rl. M. Fus:);
1914-15 Star (Q.M. & Capt. R. T. Baxter, R. Muns. Fus.);
British War and Victory Medals, with M.I.D. oak leaves (Q.M. & Major R. T. Baxter.)
MC London Gazette 3 June 1916 (Birthday Honours).
MID London Gazette 13 July 1916 (Dardanelles).
Richard Thomas Baxter gained the Queen’s Mediterranean medal whilst Quartermaster Sergeant of the 5th Royal Munster Fusiliers. In 1902 he was appointed Honorary Lieutenant and Quartermaster to the 1st Royal Munster Fusiliers, and served with the regiment in India during the Mohmand campaign of 1908 (Medal with clasp). He landed with the regiment from the River Clyde at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915, and for his services in the Dardanelles he was mentioned in despatches and awarded the Military Cross. He was promoted to Hon. Major on 1 July 1917, and retired in that rank on 18 March 1922, having attained the age limit for retirement.
Queen’s Mediterranean (3276 Dmr: W. Sutherland. Seaforth Highrs:);
Army LS&GC Ed VII (3276 Dmr: W. Sutherland. Seaforth Hdrs.)
William Sutherland was born in Haddington in 1871 and attested for the Seaforth Highlanders at Leith on 22 April 1890, having previously served in the 5th (Volunteer) Battalion, Royal Scots. Posted to the 1st Battalion, he was appointed Bandsman on 7 June 1894, and served with the Regiment in Egypt from 14 February 1900 to 10 June 1901. Awarded his Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, together with a gratuity of £5, he was discharged on 25 September 1908, after 18 years and 157 days’ service. He saw further service at home during the Great War from 17 December 1914 to 2 October 1918.
MC GV reverse contemporarily engraved ‘J. Bazley-White, Lieutenant. 2/7th. West Yorks Regt. Bullecourt, France, April 9th. 1917. August 3rd. 1917.’;
Queen’s Mediterranean (Lieut. J. Bazley White. R. W. Kent R.);
Mounted together with an unrelated British War Medal 1914-20 (T. Rogers. Fmn. M.F.A.); and Victory Medal 1914-19 (212 Pte. G. Hollis. Hunts. Cyc. Bn.);
Together with the recipient’s four miniature awards, mounted as worn and housed in a Gaunt, London, leather case.
MC London Gazette 18 June 1917: ‘For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. While commanding a patrol, although detected and fired on, he pressed forward, and did not withdraw until he obtained the information he desired.’
John Bazley-White was born in 1878, the elder son of John Bazley-White, Esq., M.P. for Gravesend, and Lady Grace Bazley-White, and through his mother’s family was descended from the Earls of Rothes. He was commissioned Second Lieutenant in the 3rd (Militia) Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment, on 29 March 1899, and served with them on garrison duty in Malta, being awarded the Queen’s Mediterranean Medal for his roll in guarding Boer Prisoners of War.
Bazley-White transferred to the West Kent Yeomanry Cavalry, and following the outbreak of the Great War was commissioned Second Lieutenant in the West Yorkshire Regiment on 16 June 1916, being promoted temporary Lieutenant the same day. He served with the 2nd/7th Battalion during the Great War on the Western Front from 7 January 1917, and was awarded the Military Cross for his gallantry during the First Battle of Bullecourt on 9 April 1917. Wounded, he relinquished his commission on account of ill-health caused by his wounds on 15 February 1919, and was entitled to a Silver War Badge.
Following the outbreak of the Second World War Bazley-White joined the Home Guard. in November 1940, during the Battle of Britain, a dogfight broke out over his home in Kemsing, near Sevenoaks, Kent, and an R.A.F. pilot bailed out. According to family tradition, ‘Jock officially put himself on duty by donning his tin hat and badge and went off to investigate.’ After running across two ploughed field in his Wellington boots, he collapsed and died.