A fine and scarce type combination Great War Western Front, EVII bust Army Long Service and late 1940’s Annuity award Army Meritorious Service Medal group awarded to Colour Sergeant sometime Quartermaster Sergeant H.J. Holloway, Royal Fusiliers, sometime 6th Service Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment, who served on the Western Front from 29th July 1915.
Group of 6: 1914-1915 Star; (12932 Q.M.SJT. H.J. HOLLOWAY. LEIC.R.); British War Medal and Victory Medal; (12932 C.SJT. .J. HOLLOWAY. LEIC.R.); Jubilee Medal 1935; Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, EVII bust; (6216 C.SJT: H.J. HOLLOWAY. R.FUS.); Army Meritorious Service Medal, GVI 2nd type bust; (3290 C/SJT. H.J. HOLLOWAY. R.E.), mounted swing style as worn.
Condition: Good Very Fine.
Herbert James Holloway was a very long serving pre-war regular soldier, and was awarded the Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal whilst King Edward VII was still on the thrown, when serving as a Colour Sergeant (No.6216) with the Royal Fusiliers. Holloway was presumably discharged, but then on the outbreak of the Great War was recalled for service, this time initially as a Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant (No.12932) with the 6th Service Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment, which was formed at Leicester in August 1914 as part of Kitchener’s First New Army, and then attached as Army Troops to the 9th Scottish Division, but in April 1915 then transferred to the 110th Brigade in the 37th Division, and Holloway landing with the original contingent of his Battalion in France for service on the Western Front from 29th July 1915.
Subsequently he served as a Colour Sergeant, and on 7th July 1916 his Battalion together with the rest of the 10th Brigade transferred to the 21st Division. Holloway was later awarded an Annuity award of the Army Meritorious Service Medal in the late 1940’s, this being issued to him as a Colour Sergeant (No.3290) with the Royal Fusiliers.