A fine Great War Bantam Battalion Battle of the Somme Ancres Heights Military Medal and Casualty group awarded to Lance Corporal W.H. Orgles, 20th Service Battalion - Shoreditch, Middlesex Regiment, later Royal Defence Corps, who saw service out on the Western Front from June 1916, and was wounded in action by a gun shot wound to the abdomen during the Battle of the Ancre Heights on 9th October 1916, he being awarded the Military Medal for bravery in the field in the London Gazette for 9th December 1916, which indicates an award won during the

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A fine Great War Bantam Battalion Battle of the Somme Ancres Heights Military Medal and Casualty group awarded to Lance Corporal W.H. Orgles, 20th Service Battalion - Shoreditch, Middlesex Regiment, later Royal Defence Corps, who saw service out on the Western Front from June 1916, and was wounded in action by a gun shot wound to the abdomen during the Battle of the Ancre Heights on 9th October 1916, he being awarded the Military Medal for bravery in the field in the London Gazette for 9th December 1916, which indicates an award won during the Battle of the Somme during September and October 1916, and almost certainly an award for the Battle of the Ancre Heights which began on 1st October 1916, and in which Orgles was a part up until he was wounded.

Group of 3: Military Medal, GVR bust; (14690 L.CPL W.H. ORGLES. 20/MIDDX:R.); British War Medal and Victory Medal; (14690 PTE W.H. ORGLES. MIDD’X R.)

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William Henry Orgles lived on Kingsland Road, London, and having worked as a labourer, then with the ongoing Great War, attested for service with the British Army at Shoreditch on 5th July 1915, joining as a Private (No.14690) the 20th Service Battalion - Shoreditch, Middlesex Regiment - a Bantam unit for men of particularly short stature. Posted out to the Western Front on 5th June 1916, he was appointed to Lance Corporal on 8th August 1916.

Orgles was awarded the Military Medal for bravery in the field in the London Gazette for 9th December 1916, which indicates an award won during the Battle of the Somme during September and October 1916, and he was wounded in action with a gunshot wound to the abdomen on 9th October 1916 during the Battle of the Ancre Heights.

Orgles evacuated home on 29th October 1916, and underwent treatment at the Welford Park Convalescent Home, before being posted to the 6th Reserve Battalion on 12th July 1917, and then transferred as a Private (No.46625) to the Royal Defence Corps, and seeing service with the 149th Protection Company. Orgles was however then discharged due to his wounds on 7th September 1917 and awarded the Silver War Badge.