1914-1915 Star, awarded to Private W.C. Prime, Royal Marine Light Infantry, who saw service for the majority of the war aboard the battleship Caesar in the English Channel, and then on the North America and West Indies Station, before ending the war aboard the monitor M29 bombarding shore positions in Palestine.
1914-1915 Star; (PLY.11581. W.C. PRIME. R.M.L.I.)
Condition: Good Very Fine.
William Charles Prime was born on 21st December 1880 in Sittingbourne, Kent, and having worked as a fitters improver, then enlisted into the Royal Marine Light Infantry as a Private (No.11581) with the Plymouth Division at London on 6th May 1902, being then posted to the Depot at Deal. With the outbreak of the Great War he was serving aboard the battleship Caesar as part of the 7th Battle Squadron with the Channel Fleet, the squadron was charged with the defence of the English Channel. In December 1914 Caesar was transferred to Gibraltar, to serve as guard ship and gunnery training ship there, and then in July 1915 she transferred to the North America and West Indies Station, serving as guard ship and gunnery training ship at Bermuda, and patrolling the Atlantic.
Posted off Caesar in February 1918, he then joined the monitor M29 from 10th June 1918, and as such saw service in the Eastern Mediterranean in support of the campaign in Palestine, bombarding shore positions through to the end of the war. After latterly seeing service aboard the battleship Warspite from April 1920 to June 1922, he was discharged in July 1922.