WW1 Medal Groups
WW1 1914 Star (Old Contemptable’s) Trio, 20th Hussars - Named To Merry
A WW1 1914 Mons Star (with original mons clasp) medal group, awarded to 9514, Private Horace Reginald Merry, who served with the 20th Hussars.
According to his Medal Index Card and medal roll details, which can be viewed by clicking on here, here and on here, (if you have access to Ancestry although a paper copy of the MIC will be provided with this listing), Merry arrived in France on the 16th August 1914 - the medal rolls also confirm his clasp and roses.
The details of his awards are as follows:
1914 Star (with Mons clasp) named to 9514, PTE. H. MERRY. 20/HRS.
British War Medal & Victory Medal named to 9514 PTE. H. MERRY. 20/HRS.
Silver War Badge numbered B214079.
WW2 Defence Medal unnamed as issued.
The WW1 medals are swing mounted with their original ribbons, the Defence Medal and Silver War Badge are loose, and the collection comes with a large amount of supporting paperwork which includes the following:
Original registry of birth card;
8 photographs of Merry and others in dress and standard uniform;
Postcard pack of Ypres at the time of the war;
Original 9th Hussars ‘Post War Annual Re-union Dinner’ menu and order of service;
Photograph of Merry and his fellow veterans wearing medals at the Menin Gate memorial - Merry is 7th from the right in the photo;
Portrait photo of Merry;
A number of letter’s to Merry regarding his work in the carpet industry;
Certified copy of death certificate; and
Estate settlement statement from his solicitor.
Horace Reginald Merry was born on the 9th January 1893. Whilst his family originated from Cumbria, he was born and lived and worked (as a billiard maker), in Headingly and Kirkstall, Leeds. His basic details can be found on Ancestry by clicking on here and on here.
He enlisted into the Hussar’s at York in December 1912.
He remained with the 20th Hussars throughout the war. The regiment, which was based in Colchester at the start of WW1, landed in France as part of the 5th Cavalry Brigade in the 2nd Cavalry Division in August 1914.
The regiment saw action at the Battle of Mons in August 1914 and both the First Battle of the Marne and the First Battle of the Aisne in September 1914. It went on to fight at the First Battle of Ypres in October 1914, the Battle of Arras in April 1917 and the Battle of Cambrai in November 1917.
It later took part in the German Spring Offensive in 1918, the Battle of Amiens in August 1918 and the final push as the war drew to a close.
According to his Silver War Badge entry, which can be viewed by clicking on here, he was discharged from the service in March 1919 and subsequently returned to Leeds to take up a profession working in the carpet industry.
Post WW1, he married Lucy Bland and continued to live in Leeds for the remainder of his life. He is shown on the 1939 Register which can be viewed by clicking on here, the presence of the WW2 Defence Medal indicates that he undertook some form of civil defence work in Leeds during WW2. He passed away in 1980 and was survived by two daughters.
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