WW1 Single Medals
WW1 Territorial Force War Medal, R.E. (Sound Detection Services) - Named To Ede
A Territorial Force War Medal awarded to 554588, Pioneer John William Ede, who served with the Queen’s Regiment (with service number 1633), followed by the Royal Defence Corps (with service number 51091) and finally the Royal Engineers (with service number 554588).
The details of his award are as follows:
Territorial Force War Medal named to 554588 PNR. J. W. EDE. R.E.
Whilst neither Ede’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, gives any indication as to which theatre of war he served in, unusually he has three separate service papers references which appear to have survived and can be viewed by clicking on here, if you have a subscription to ‘find my past’.
From these, I have summarised his military career as follows. Ede was from (St. Johns Road) Westcott, near Dorking in Surrey. He enlisted into the 5th Battalion, Queens Regiment in April 1912 when he was 23.
Through 1912 to 1914 he was posted to various barracks in the UK including Eastbourne and Guildford (August 1914), where his unit formed a part of the Surrey Brigade, Home Counties Division.
In October 1914 he was sent with his Battalion to India and remained there until December 1915. It appears this was not a very good posting for him, as his military conduct sheet shows him constantly in trouble and being confined to barracks as a consequence.
In December 1915, when his Battalion was posted to Mesopotamia, (where it remained throughout the remainder of the war), it appears that Ede was returned to the UK and posted to the 69th Provisional Battery Royal Defence Corps.
The RDC was a unit that was made up of soldiers no longer fit for front line duties, and there is a reference in his service records that he was not classed as A1 (fit) but as B3 with a ‘Heart Condition’ - this will account for his transfer.
In April 1916 he was transferred to No 3 Observer RDC, and in December 1916 he further transferred to No 6 Observer RDC.
On the 20/7/18 he was compulsory transferred to the London Electrical Engineers, Royal Engineers and his service records clearly state that on the 11/6/18 he was sent overseas to France as a part of the 24th Anti-Aircraft Searchlight Station undertaking experimental work with sound detectors from June 11th 1918 to July 24th 1918 - returning to the UK on that later date.
The LEE was a fascinating unit and their activities and actions can be viewed by clicking on here.
Ede was finally demobilised on 29/3/19 and his service records includes a reference to the award of the Territorial Force War Medal along with the British War Medal and Victory Medal.
Ede’s entire family history has been mapped out on Ancestry and can be viewed by clicking on here, it would appear that he passed away in 1950.
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