WW1 Medal Groups
WW1 Trio With Memorial Plaque, Black Watch/Machine Gun Corp - Named to Menzies
A WW1 medal group awarded to 1455 (later 88934), Private Alexander Menzies, who served with the 6th Royal Highlanders (the Black Watch), and later served with the 195th Company Machine Gun Corps.
Menzies died of wounds on the 29th July 1917, his Commonwealth War Graves Commission entry can be viewed by clicking on here.
According to his Medal Index Card which can be viewed by clicking on here, (if you have access to Ancestry although a paper copy will be provided with this listing), he arrived in France on the 2nd May 1915.
The details of his awards are as follows:
1915 Star named to 1455, PTE. A. MENZIES. R. HIGHRS.
British War Medal And Victory Medal unnamed (erased) gap fillers.
Memorial Plaque named to ALEX MENZIES.
The medals are provided loose, the 1415 Star comes with an original ribbon, the gap fillers are original medals which have been erased (not be my I might add) and have replacement ribbons. The Memorial Plaque includes its original cardboard outer and condolence slip.
The missing ‘pair’ would have been named to Menzies with the service number 88934 and would have noted the Machine Gun Corp, the medal roll, which can be viewed by clicking on here, (again if you have access to Ancestry), shows that he was serving with the 195 Company Machine Gun Corps.
Whilst I personally have not been able to find any service records relating to this man, his service is documented on a number of special interest websites which can be viewed by clicking on here and on here.
It would appear from these sources that he was born in Auchterarder Perth, Scotland and lived at ‘Lennox Cottage’.
He enlisted on the 13th May 1914, into the 1/6th battalion of the Black Watch and was mobilised on the 4th August 1914.
The battalion undertook home service at Queensferry, Wormit, Dundee, Bedford, Ripon, and Nottingham before moving to France (Boulogne) in May 1915, where it became a part of the 153rd Brigade in the 51st (Highland) Division.
He was invalided home in December 1915, and transferred to the 195 Company Machine Gun Corps returning to France in July 1916, when he was again wounded and gassed on the 27th July 1917, sadly dying from these injuries two days later on the 29th.
The War Diaries of the company are available at the National Achieve and can be ordered by clicking on here.
He was laid to rest at St. Sever Cemetery, Rouen, and is commemorated on the War Memorial at Auchterarder - details can be viewed by clicking on here.
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