A fine Great War India service and Mesopotamia casualty Territorial Force War Medal and Territorial Force Efficiency Medal, and Second World War Civil Defence group awarded to Sergeant G.H. Cockell, 5th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment, Territorial Force, who would have seen service out in India from October 1914 and in Mesopotamia from December 1917, being then wounded in action, as he was subsequently discharged due to wounds in April 1919. He was a long serving member of the Masons, and was the First Principal of the Catford Lodge No.3649

Price: £750.00


Product ID: CMA/25892
Condition: polished in parts, some contact wear, overall about Very Fine.
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Description:

A fine Great War India service and Mesopotamia casualty Territorial Force War Medal and Territorial Force Efficiency Medal, and Second World War Civil Defence group awarded to Sergeant G.H. Cockell, 5th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment, Territorial Force, who would have seen service out in India from October 1914 and in Mesopotamia from December 1917, being then wounded in action, as he was subsequently discharged due to wounds in April 1919. He was a long serving member of the Masons, and was the First Principal of the Catford Lodge No.3649 during the Coronation Year 1952 to 1953.

Group of 5: British War Medal and Victory Medal; (TF-240052 SJT. G.H. COCKELL. R.W.KENT R.); Territorial Force War Medal 1914-1919; (954 SJT. G.H. COCKELL. R.W.KENT.R.); Defence Medal 1939-1945; Territorial Force Efficiency Medal, GVR bust; (240052 SJT G.H. COCKELL 5-R.W.KENT.R.), mounted swing style as worn.

Condition: polished in parts, some contact wear, overall about Very Fine.

Together with the following related items:

Recipient’s Silver War Badge, reverse numbered: ‘461059’.

Recipient’s group of miniature medals mounted without the Defence Medal, mounted swing style as worn.

Recipient’s brass Wound Stripe, No.4 type complete with back plate and retaining pin.

Recipient’s Great War period other ranks Royal West Kent Regiment cap badge.

A selection of Masonic and related jewels awarded to the recipient:

Royal Masonic Institution for Girls Stewards Jewel for 1930, silver gilt and enamels, hallmarks for Birmingham with date letter ‘E’ for 1929.

Royal Masonic Hospital Jewel 1930, silver hallmarked for London with date letter ‘q’ for 1931, reverse engraved: ‘Bro. G.H. Cockell No.1697’.

Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution Stewards Jewel for 1936, silver gilt and enamels, hallmarks for London with date letter ‘u’ for 1935.

Masonic First Principal’s Jewel for the Catford Chapter No.3649 for the Coronation Year 1952 to 1953, silver-gilt and enamels, hallmarks for London with date letter ’S’ for 1953, reverse engraved: ‘Presented to E. Comp. George Henry Cockell by the Companions of the Catford Chapter No.3649. As a token of esteem and appreciation for his services as First Principal 1953-53 (Coronation Year)’.

Also related jewels:

Ancient Order of Foresters Jewel, silver gilt and enamels, hallmarks for Birmingham with date letter ‘Y’ for 1948, reverse engraved: ‘A.O.F. Presented to R. Cockell For Services Rendered CT3805 ASCR’.

Ancient Order of Foresters Jewel, silver gilt and enamels, hallmarks for Birmingham with date letter ‘B’ for 1951, reverse engraved: ‘A.O.F. Presented to Bro. R.A.C. Cockell For Services Rendered Court 3805 as Chief Ranger’.

George Henry Cockell came from Catford, London, and enlisted pre-war into the Territorial Force on 24th May 1909, and saw service during the war as a Sergeant (No.954 later No.TF-240052) with the 5th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment, which unit was posted out to India on 30th October 1914, and remained there throughout the war. On its arrival at Bombay, the battalion transferred to the Jhansi Brigade in the 5th (Mhow) Division of the Indian Army. Transferred in March 1916 to the 4th Rawalpindi Brigade in the 2nd (Rawalpindi) Division, it then returned to the 5th (Mhow) Division in March 1917 and into the Jubbulpore Brigade. In December 1917, it moved to Mesopotamia and joined the 54th Brigade in the 18th (Indian) Division.

Cockett was wound in action in Mesopotamia, and was then discharged due to wounds on 4th April 1919, being awarded the Silver War Badge No.461059. Awarded the Territorial Force Efficiency Medal in an Army Order of 1921, he went on to see service in Civil Defence on the Home Front during the Second World War, and also became a long serving member of the Masons. Cockell was the First Principal of the Catford Lodge No.3649 during the Coronation Year 1952 to 1953.