WW1 Medal Groups
A WW1 Medal Group With MSM & TFEF Company Sergeant Major - Named To Hayday
A WW1 medal group awarded to 35, (later 546006), Trooper, (Later Sargent and Company Sergeant Major) Thomas W. Hayday, who served with the 1st (London) Field Company Royal Engineers, later designated the 512th Field Company Royal Engineers.
The details of his awards are as follows:
British War Medal and Victory Medal named to 35 SJT. T. W. HAYDAY. R. E.
Territorial Forces War Medal named to 35 SJT. T. W. HAYDAY. R. E.
Defence Medal unnamed as issued.
British War Medal unnamed as issued.
King George V Silver Jubilee Medal privately named to 1981137 CSM. T.W. HAYDAY RE (TA)
George V Meritorious Service Medal named to 546006 SJT: T. W. HAYDAY. 512/F.COY R.E. - T.F.
Territorial Force Efficiency Medal named to 35 TPTR: T.W. HAYDAY. I/LOND: D.E. R.E.
NOTE: the spelling of Serjeant is correct for the time.
The medals are swing mounted with their original ribbons. Further details regarding the MSM can be viewed by clicking on here.
Hayday enlisted with the 1st (London) Field Company Royal Engineers in April 1908 (the same year that the 1st was raised). The 1st London Field Company joined the Regular 6th Division in France on 23rd December 1914 and remained with that formation throughout the war, taking part in the Battle of the Somme, the Battle of Cambrai and the Allied 100 day offensive to name just a few. The history of the unit can be viewed by clicking on here.
During WW1, Hayday would have been serving with this unit in France after 1915 and in June 1917, he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, his MSM Index Card can be viewed by clicking on here (if you have access to Ancestry, although a paper copy will be provided). His London Gazette entry for the award can be viewed by clicking on here.
He served with the unit until July 1919, when it appears he was discharged due to ‘sickness’ and was awarded a Silver War Badge (numbered 02697). His SWB entry can be viewed by clicking on here (again if you have access to Ancestry, although a paper copy will be provided).
For his service with the Territorials and was awarded the Territorial Force Efficiency Medal.
His WW1 Medal Index Card can be viewed by clicking on here (again if you have access to Ancestry, although a paper copy will be provided).
The War Diaries for this particular Field Company are available online and can be purchased by clicking on here.
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