A very fine Royal Household Volunteer’s Great War Western Front and Second World War Civil Defence, June 1943 Royal Victorian Medal in Silver, 1934 Royal Household Faithful Service Medal and 1944 Thirty Years bar with Italian Medal of Remembrance of the Royal Household in 1936 group awarded to Livery Porter, formerly Under Butler and Assistant in the Silver Pantry W.G. Deal, Royal Household at Buckingham Palace, and as one of the Royal Household volunteers, a Sergeant with the 6th City of London Battalion - the City of London Rifles, London Reg

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Condition: some polished, Very Fine.
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A very fine Royal Household Volunteer’s Great War Western Front and Second World War Civil Defence, June 1943 Royal Victorian Medal in Silver, 1934 Royal Household Faithful Service Medal and 1944 Thirty Years bar with Italian Medal of Remembrance of the Royal Household in 1936 group awarded to Livery Porter, formerly Under Butler and Assistant in the Silver Pantry W.G. Deal, Royal Household at Buckingham Palace, and as one of the Royal Household volunteers, a Sergeant with the 6th City of London Battalion - the City of London Rifles, London Regiment, Territorial Force and later Machine Gun Corps, who is recorded as having seen service during 1915 at Festubert, Givenchy and Loos, during 1916 on the Somme, and during 1917 at Messines Ridge and Cambrai. Awarded the Royal Victorian Medal in Silver in the London Gazette for 2nd June 1943 whilst a Livery Porter at Buckingham Palace, he appears to have died whilst still in service with the Royal Household in June 1953, shortly after being awarded the Coronation Medal 1953.

Group of 9: 1914-1915 Star; (3002 PTE. W.G. DEAL, 6-LOND.R.); British War Medal and Victory Medal; (3002 SJT W.G. DEAL. 6-LOND.R.); Defence Medal 1939-1945; Royal Victorian Medal in Silver, GVI 1st type bust; Jubilee Medal 1935; Coronation Medal 1937; Coronation Medal 1953; Royal Household Faithful Service Medal, GVR Coinage bust, the suspension dated: ‘1914 1934’, complete with additional Thirty Years bar; (W. DEAL.); Italy - Kingdom of: Medal of Remembrance of the Royal Household 1936. First seven and ninth mounted court style as worn, eight unmounted as awarded in the year of the death of the recipient, last housed in its now damaged fitted presentation case.

Condition: some polished, Very Fine.

William George Deal was born on 9th October 1891 in London, and as of 1911 was under training at the Farming Training Colony at Lingfield near Bletchingly, Surrey, being then aged 19. However he then joined the Royal Household in August 1913 as an Assistant in the Silver pantry in the Lord Steward’s Department at Buckingham Palace, holding the position of Ninth Assistant. With the outbreak of the Great War then enlisted into the British Army on 7th September 1914, joining as a Rifleman (No.3002) the 6th City of London Battalion - the City of London Rifles, London Regiment, Territorial Force.

Present out on the Western Front with the 6th London’s from 17th March 1915, he was promoted to Sergeant, and then as a Sergeant (No.23424) transferred into the Machine Gun Corps. During the war he saw service in action at Festubert, Givenchy and Loos during 1915, at the Somme in 1916, and as Messines Ridge and Cambrai during 1917. Latterly an instructor, he then returned to employment with the Royal Household, and was included in the special issue of Great War medals to the King’s Household, as claimed by the Deputy Master of H.M. Household on 3rd March 1921, he medals being possibly presented to him, but certainly issued, in June 1921.

On his return to the Royal Household at Buckingham Palace, Deal had been appointed an Under Butler in 1919 and holding the position of Fifth Under Butler. Awarded the Royal Household Faithful Service Medal after twenty years service in 1934, Deal was then awarded the Jubilee Medal 1935, and the Italian Medal of Remembrance of the Royal Household in 1936, followed by the Coronation Medal 1937. Latterly a Livery Porter at Buckingham Palace, he was awarded the Royal Victorian Medal in Silver in the London Gazette for 2nd June 1943, and the Thirty Years bar to his Royal Household Faithful Service Medal in 1944, and then went on to receive the Coronation Medal 1953. In addition he had served in a Civil Defence capacity whilst a member of the Royal Household during the Second World War. Latterly living in the Lewis Trust Buildings in Chelsea, he was still in service when he died on 20th July 1953, leaving his effects to his widow, Alice Mary Deal.