A superb Great War ‘Deeds that Thrill the Empire’ First Battle of Ypres October 1914 Saving the Guns single Distinguished Conduct Medal awarded to Driver T.B. Joslin, 12th Battery, 35th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery, who was present out on the Western Front from 6th October 1914, and was then decorated for his gallantry on 27th October 1914 during the Third Battle of Ypres, when three gun teams had suffered severely by the loss of ten horses and several drivers. Joslin found a fresh team, thus enabling the guns to be withdrawn, throughout being under a very heavy fire. Additionally awarded the Imperial Russian Medal of Saint George 3rd Class, Joslin went on to see service out in Italy, and was apparently injured when buried out in Italy in January 1918.
Distinguished Conduct Medal, GVR bust; (1199 DVR: T.B. JOSLIN. 12/BTY. R.F.A.)
Condition: Good Very Fine.
Thomas Ben Joslin came from Ipswich, Suffolk, and having worked as a carpenter, and been shown as living at the Mitre Tavern at St Helens Street in Ipswich, then enlisted into the British Army at Ipswich on 18th September 1899, and joining as a Driver (No.1199) the Royal Field Artillery. With the outbreak of the Great War, Joslin saw service out on the Western Front with the British Expeditionary Force from 6th October 1914 as a member of the 35th Brigade where he served in the 12th Battery.
Joslin was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for his gallantry in action on 27th October 1914 when three gun teams had suffered severely by the loss of ten horses and several drivers. Joslin found a fresh team, thus enabling the guns to be withdrawn, throughout being under a very heavy fire.
The award was published in the London Gazette for 18th February 1915, and the citation was published in the London Gazette for 1st April 1915.
The citation reads as follows: ‘For conspicuous gallantry and resources on 27th October 1914, when three gun teams had suffered heavily in the loss of ten horses, and several drivers, he found a fresh team, thus enabling the guns to be withdrawn. Was exposed to very heavy fire during his gallant action.’
Joslin’s act was recorded together with a fine ink sketch in the book ‘Deeds that Thrill the Empire’.
In addition Joslin was awarded the Imperial Russian Medal of Saint George 3rd Class for his actions in the London Gazette for 25th August 1915.
Joslin then remained on service with the 35th Brigade, and was then posted to ’T’ Battery of the 14th Brigade, Royal Horse Artillery on 4th March 1917, and after three years and 11 months service on the Western Front, then saw service in Italy for four months as an officers servant. Having hurt his knee in December 1915 due to a fall from a horse, he then hurt his shoulder when buried in January 1918, this presumably be a shell.
Joslin was discharged at Thetford on 13th February 1919.