The group to Acting Regimental Sergeant-Major F. Wademan, King’s Royal Rifle Corps who was wounded in an air raid, 5 June 1917
QSA (1) DoL (9661 Pte., K.R.R.C.)
1914-15 Star (9661 C.S. Mjr., K.R. Rif. C.)
British War and Victory Medals (9661 T.W.O. Cl. 1, K.R. Rif. C.)
Army LS&GC GV (9661 C.S. Mjr., K.R.R.C.)
Army MSM (9661C.S. Mjr.-A.R.S. Mjr., K.R. Rif. C.)
MSM LG 3 June 1919. ‘... in recognition of valuable services rendered in connection with Military Operations with the Forces in East Africa’.
Frank Wademan was born in Keighley, West Yorkshire on 29 August 1876. A Moulder by occupation and a former member of the 4th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment, he attested for the King’s Royal Rifle Corps on 21 October 1896. With the 2nd Battalion he served in India, March-September 1899; South Africa, September 1899-July 1900; Ceylon, July 1899-January 1901, and India, January 1901-February 1910. Promoted to Lance-Corporal, January 1901; Corporal, June 1903; Sergeant, June 1907 and Company Sergeant-Major of ‘B’ Company, 9th Battalion K.R.R.C. in January 1915. C.S.M. Wademan entered the France/Flanders theatre of war on 21 May 1915. Appointed Acting Regimental Sergeant-Major of the 9th Battalion K.R.R.C. on 8 July 1915. Due to illness he was invalided back to England in July 1916. Recovering, he was posted to the 5th (Special Reserve) Battalion K.R.R.C. at Sheerness, Kent in September 1916. In May 1917 he was promoted to Temporary Warrant Officer Class 1 and awarded the Army L.S. & G.C. On 5 June 1917 Wademan was wounded in a German air raid on Sheerness - 22 ‘Gothas’ attacked Sheerness, Shoeburyness and other places in the vicinity, which killed 13 and wounded 34. On 20 June 1917 Wademan was posted on attachment to the 3rd (East Africa) Battalion King’s African Rifles and in October 1918 to the 6th/4th Battalion K.A.R. With the end of hostilities in Africa, Wademan was posted in March 1919 as Regimental Sergeant-Major to the 5th Battalion K.R.R.C. in England and was discharged to Class ‘Z’ Reserve in May 1919. His home address at this time was given as ‘12 South View, Crosshills, Keighley’. In June he was awarded the Army M.S.M. for his services in East Africa - one of 126 M.S.M’s. to the K.R.R.C. for the Great War; this unique to the regiment for the East African theatre of war.
QSA (1) DoL (4250 Pte M Henry Glouc Reg)
Marlows Nov 2015
Picture courtesy of Marlows
Private Martin Henry a native of Walsall Staffordshire enlisted into the Gloucestershire Regiment at Bristol on the 27th December 1893. After various overseas postings he landed in South Africa in September 1899 and is confirmed as being at Ladysmith during siege earning the single clasp to the QSA. His service papers note that he was Court Marshalled for not obeying an order and was sentenced to Field Punishment Number 1, this during the siege. In August 1900 he was posted to Ceylon and received his final discharge in 1905. It appears this is his only medal entitlement.
QSA (1) DoL (175914 Sto: W. James, H.M.S. Powerful.), impressed naming;
Naval LS&GC EdVII (175914 William James, Ch. Stoker, H.M.S. Duke of Edinburgh.)
175914 Chief Stoker William James, born Shorwell, Isle of Wight, October 1873; joined the Royal Navy as Stoker Second Class, September 1893; promoted Stoker, H.M.S. Royal Sovereign, October 1894; transferred to HMS Powerful, June 1897; served in the Boer War as part of the Naval Brigade that took part in the defence of Ladysmith; transferred to H.M.S. Duke of Wellington, June 1900; advanced Leading Stoker, First Class, September 1901; Stoker Petty Officer, July 1906; transferred to H.M.S. Duke of Edinburgh, April 1908; promoted Chief Stoker, May 1908; awarded Naval Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, September 1908; shore pensioned, December 1919.