WW1 Medal Groups
A WW1 Trio, Queen’s Own Royal West Kent Regiment - Named To Denman
A WW1 medal group awarded to 1211, Private Alfred George Denman, who served with the 1st Battalion, Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment.
Denman, who also was awarded a Silver War Badge, (details of which can be viewed by clicking on here, if you have access to Ancestry), enlisted in October 1914 and according to his medal roll details, which can be viewed by clicking on here, (again if you have Ancestry), arrived in France to join the regiment (which had been there since August 1914) on the 7/12/1914.
The details of his awards are as follows:
1914-15 Star named to 1211. PTE. A. G. DENMAN. R. KENT. R.
British War Medal and Victory Medal named to 1211. PTE. A. G. DENMAN. R. KENT. R.
The medals are swing mounted with their original ribbons
Denman’s 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) shows that he was finally discharged in December 1918. Prior to this, he had been transferred to the Royal Army Service Corps in April 1918, probably as a result of the ‘wounds’ as noted on his SWB entry.
The 1st Battalion, which was a Regular Army unit, was stationed in Dublin at the outbreak of war in August 1914 and was one of the first units to be moved to France where it became part of the 13th Brigade in the 5th Division.
Among its first major engagements were the Battle of Mons on the 23rd August and the Battle of Le Cateau three days later.
In October, the battalion made a heroic stand at the Battle of Neuve-Chapelle; being the only unit not to fall back. Out of 750 men, only 300 commanded by a lieutenant and a second lieutenant survived - which probably accounts for the short period between Denman’s recruitment and his arrival at the front as a replacement for these losses.
Apart from a brief period from December 1917 to April 1918, when it was moved with the 5th Division to the Italian Front, the 1st Battalion was stationed on the Western Front for the duration of the war. Given that Denman was transferred to the RASC in April 1918, it is likely this happened as a part of the redeployment back to France.
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