​ A single Great War Old Contemptible’s Spring 1917 operations and April 1918 Casualty Military Medal awarded to Corporal later Acting Sergeant A.R. Sawyer, 4th Battalion, Middlesex Regiment, late 1st Battalion, who saw service out on the Western Front with the British Expeditionary Force from 11th August 1914, and having been awarded the Military Medal for bravery in the field in the London Gazette for 28th July 1917, which indicates an award won possibly during the Battle of Messines in June 1917, but could also possibly be an award for the

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Condition: some edge bruising, slight contact wear, hence about Very Fine.
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A single Great War Old Contemptible’s Spring 1917 operations and April 1918 Casualty Military Medal awarded to Corporal later Acting Sergeant A.R. Sawyer, 4th Battalion, Middlesex Regiment, late 1st Battalion, who saw service out on the Western Front with the British Expeditionary Force from 11th August 1914, and having been awarded the Military Medal for bravery in the field in the London Gazette for 28th July 1917, which indicates an award won possibly during the Battle of Messines in June 1917, but could also possibly be an award for the Battle of Arras back in May 1917, was then killed in action with the 2nd Battalion on 24th April 1918.   

Military Medal, GVR bust; (9349 CPL. A.R. SAWYER. 4/MIDDX: R.)

Condition: some edge bruising, slight contact wear, hence about Very Fine.

Arthur Robert Sawyer was born in Saint Pancras, London, as was a pre-war regular soldier, who then saw service as a Private (No.9349) with the 1st Battalion, Middlesex Regiment out on the Western Front with the British Expeditionary Force from 11th August 1914. Sawyer was subsequently transferred to the 4th Battalion, part of the 63rd Brigade in the 37th Division, and when serving as a Corporal, was awarded the Military Medal for bravery in the field in the London Gazette for 28th July 1917, which indicates an award won possibly during the Battle of Messines in June 1917, but could also possibly be an award for the Battle of Arras back in May 1917.
Sawyer subsequently became an Acting Sergeant, and was serving with the 2nd Battalion in ‘C’ Company, when he was killed in action on 24th April 1918, and having no known grave, he is commemorated by name on the Pozieres Memorial. Aged 32 at the time of his death, he was the son of Robert Cowles Sawyer and Alice Sawyer.