A fine Canadian Great War Western Front operations single Distinguished Conduct Medal awarded to Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant and Warrant Officer 2nd Class J.H. King, 52nd Canadian Infantry Battalion, late South Nottinghamshire Hussars, who saw service at the front from February 1916, and was decorated for courage and devotion during nearly three years service in the field. As company quartermaster sergeant for over a year in France, and since that time as battalion quartermaster sergeant he had consistently set a fine example of courage u

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Condition: some contact wear, hence Very Fine.
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A fine Canadian Great War Western Front operations single Distinguished Conduct Medal awarded to Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant and Warrant Officer 2nd Class J.H. King, 52nd Canadian Infantry Battalion, late South Nottinghamshire Hussars, who saw service at the front from February 1916, and was decorated for courage and devotion during nearly three years service in the field. As company quartermaster sergeant for over a year in France, and since that time as battalion quartermaster sergeant he had consistently set a fine example of courage under most trying conditions, and has shown great resource and unflagging energy in seeing that his battalion always had the necessary supplies and equipment, in particular during the open fighting in 1918, when he was constantly in the forward area, supervising and maintaining supply under fire’.

Distinguished Conduct Medal, GVR bust; (439041 R.Q.M.SJT J.H. KING. 52/CAN:INF.)

Condition: some contact wear, hence Very Fine.

Joseph Harold King was born on 19th January 1889 in Derby, Derbyshire, England, and having seen service with the British Army for four years in the South Nottinghamshire Hussars, then emigrated to Canada, where he settled in Kenora, Ontario and worked as a clerk, but with the outbreak of the Great War, then attested for service with the Canadian Expeditionary Force at Kenora on 22nd December 1914, and joined as a Private (No.439041) the 52nd Canadian Infantry Battalion.

Promoted to Company Quartermaster Sergeant on 14th May 1915, he arrived in England on 3rd December 1915, and then saw service out on the Western Front from 20th February 1916, being promoted to Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant and Warrant Officer 2nd Class on 2nd June 1917.

Throughout his time at the front over nearly three years he was continuously excelling in his role, as a result of which he was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal in the London Gazette for 9th March 1919. The citation reads as follows: ‘For courage and devotion during nearly three years service in the field. As company quartermaster sergeant for over a year in France, and since that time as battalion quartermaster sergeant he had consistently set a fine example of courage under most trying conditions, and has shown great resource and unflagging energy in seeing that his battalion always had the necessary supplies and equipment, in particular during the open fighting in 1918, when he was constantly in the forward area, supervising and maintaining supply under fire.’

Posted back to England on 24th February 1919, he was discharged there on 25th March 1919 and went to live with his mother in Burton on Trent, Staffordshire.