A fine Great War German March Offensive probable action of the 27th March 1918 near the village of Follies Military Medal and Second World War Police Special Constabulary long service group awarded to Rifleman T.C. Brindley, 11th Service Battalion, King’s Royal Rifle Corps, who was with another battalion of his regiment when present out on the Western Front from 29th November 1914, and later won his Military Medal when with the 11th Service Battalion in the London Gazette for 16th July 1918 which indicates an award won during the German March O

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A fine Great War German March Offensive probable action of the 27th March 1918 near the village of Follies Military Medal and Second World War Police Special Constabulary long service group awarded to Rifleman T.C. Brindley, 11th Service Battalion, King’s Royal Rifle Corps, who was with another battalion of his regiment when present out on the Western Front from 29th November 1914, and later won his Military Medal when with the 11th Service Battalion in the London Gazette for 16th July 1918 which indicates an award won during the German March Offensive in the period from 21st March to 11th April 1918. His award being announced in the Battalion War Diary on 21st April 1918, it seems most likely to have been earned in the action of the 27th March 1918 near the village of Follies when his battalion, which took over positions from the 30th Division, was then the target of a frontal attack, which was beaten off, and then in the early evening experienced an enemy raid, which was also beaten off with some loss to the Germans.

Group of 6: Military Medal, GVR bust; (11569 PTE T.C. BRINDLEY. 11/K.R.RIF:C.); 1914-1915 Star; (11569 PTE. T.C. BRINDLEY. K.R.RIF.C.); British War Medal and Victory Medal; (11569 PTE. T.C. BRINDLEY. K.R.R.C.); Defence Medal; Police Special Constabulary Long Service Medal, GVR Coinage bust, with one additional award bar for Long Service 1941; (THOMAS C. BRINDLEY.)

Condition: light contact wear and slight polishing, hence Very Fine.

Thomas C. Brindley came from Lichfield, Staffordshire, and then saw service during the Great War as a Rifleman (No.11569) with the 11th Service Battalion, King’s Royal Rifle Corps, being present out on the Western Front from 29th November 1914. It seems likely that he was wounded or similar and then transferred into the 11th Service Battalion, as this unit did not serve out on the Western Front till July 1915.

Brindley was with the 11th Service Battalion when he was awarded the Military Medal for bravery in the field in the London Gazette for 16th July 1918 which indicates an award won during the German March Offensive in the period from 21st March to 11th April 1918. The Battalion War Diary records on 21st April 1918 that Brindley was one of five men of his battalion to be awarded the Military Medal ‘in connection with recent operations’. In addition the battalion was awarded two Military Crosses and three Distinguished Conduct Medals. From studying the war diary, it would seem that Brindley won his award on 27th March 1918, when in action near the village of Follies.

At 9 am on that day, the battalion which had moved up to support the 30th Division, then took up position behind the village as the counter attack battalion. At 12 noon the battalion moved up in front of the village to take the place of the 30th Division, and then successfully beat off a frontal attack. At about 8pm the Germans attempted to raid the position but suffered the loss of 17 killed, 1 prisoner and a machine gun taken. The next day the battalion was relieved by French troops. On 29th the battalion moved up to support the French at Mezieres.

Brindley later saw service as a Police Special Constable, quite possibly with the Staffordshire Police Constabulary he having presumably returned to Lichfield, and he then saw service during the Second World War in Civil Defence, being awarded the Special Constabulary Long Service Medal circa 1931 and a ten year additional long service bar in 1941.