WW1 Single Medals
WW1 Territorial Force War Medal, East Surry Regiment - Named To Legg
A Territorial Force War Medal awarded to Lance Corporal, Leonard George Legg, who served with both the 1/6 East Surry Regiment and also the 1/5 Queen's Royal West Surry Regiment.
Neither Legg’s Medal Index Card or medal roll entries, which can be viewed by clicking on here, on here and on here, (if you have access to Ancestry), although a paper copy of the MIC will be provided with this listing, give any indication as to which theatre of war that he served in.
The details of his award are as follows:
Territorial Force War Medal named to 1393 CPL. L.G. LEGG. E. SURR. R.
Whilst I have not been able to locate any service records relating to this man, the 1/6th Battalion East Surry Regiment (along with the 1/5th Battalion), were not to see service on the Western Front.
Both battalions, (along with the 1/4 and 1/5 Queen’s Royal West Surry Regiment) were a part of the Surrey Brigade, and attached to the Home Counties Division.
The Division embarked for India in October 1914 and were employed on garrison duties in the United Provinces and the Punjab for two years.
The 1/5th Battalion (East Surry) then joined the Mesopotamian Expeditionary Force in December 1917 and took part in the operations on the Tigris while the 1/6th Battalion (East Surry) left India in February 1917 for a twelve-month tour of duty with the Aden Field Force.
In regards to the 1/5 Queens’s Royal West Surry Regiment, they moved to Mesopotamia in December 1915, where they remained throughout the war.
It’s not clear to me when or why Legg switched from one regiment to the other, so whilst I’m quite certain he served in India, as both were there at the same time, he either left with the 1/5 (Queen’s) to Mesopotamia in December 1915 or with the 1/6 (East Surry) for Aden in February 1917.
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