An interesting Great War Territorial Force War Medal and Second World War Kent Home Guard group awarded to Corporal and Acting Sergeant W.G. Parish, 2nd/5th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment, Territorial Force, who was attached to the 1st Battalion out on the Western Front from 4th October 1917, before being badly wounded in the ankle during the Third Battle of Ypres when taking over the line at Gheluveldt on 24th October 1917. Later during the Second World War he served as a Lieutenant and Platoon Commander of No.2 (Manningtree) Platoon, Mis

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An interesting Great War Territorial Force War Medal and Second World War Kent Home Guard group awarded to Corporal and Acting Sergeant W.G. Parish, 2nd/5th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment, Territorial Force, who was attached to the 1st Battalion out on the Western Front from 4th October 1917, before being badly wounded in the ankle during the Third Battle of Ypres when taking over the line at Gheluveldt on 24th October 1917. Later during the Second World War he served as a Lieutenant and Platoon Commander of No.2 (Manningtree) Platoon, Mistley Company, 9th Battalion, Essex Home Guard, and was briefly a member of the Royal Observer Corps post-war.
Group of 4: British War Medal and Victory Medal; (TF-240861 A.SJT. W.G. PARISH. R.W.KENT R.); Territorial Force War Medal 1914-1919; (TF/240861 CPL. W.G. PARISH. R.W.KENT.R.); Defence Medal 1939-1945.
Condition: Good Very Fine.
Together with the following quantity of original documentation and ephemera:
British Army Certificate of Disembodiment on Demobilization, dated 21st February 1919.
British Army Certificate of Employment during the War.
National Rifle Association Corps of the School of Musketry - Bisley Camp Certificate for attending a course of instruction from 4th to 21st December 1916, and passing out as a 1st Class Instructor, issued to: Sgt W.G. Parish, 2/5th Royal W. Kent Regt’, dated 21st December 1916.
Royal Observer Corps King’s Crown Cap Badge.
An envelope addressed to Parish relating to the issue of his Defence Medal, addressed to him at Lawford, Manningtree, Essex, posted dated 1953.
A fine group photograph from December 1916 showing the Recruit Instructors of the 2/5th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment.
Walter George ‘Jack’ Parish was born on 28th September 1897 in Eastry, Kent, and having worked as a motor fitter, was also a pre-war member of the Territorial Force, having enlisted as a Private (No.TF-240861) into the 5th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment on 22nd June 1914. With the outbreak of the war he was still underage for service overseas, and despite being a member of the 1/5th Battalion, then transferred to the 2/5th Battalion for home service. He qualified as a Recruit Instructor in Musketry with a 1st Class Certificate via Bisley in December 1916 when a Sergeant, and eventually saw overseas service when he joined a draft of 12 officers and 400 men for the 1st Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment, and serving out on the Western Front from 4th October 1917.
Present during the Third Battle of Ypres, Parish was badly wounded in the ankle on 24th October 1917 when the 1st Battalion took over the line at Gheluveldt. Parish spent the remainder of the war hospitalised, before being eventually disembodied on 21st February 1919. After the war he went to work as a process engineer at the Bakelite Xylonite Limited Works in Brantham, Kent. With the outbreak of the Second World War, he was then commissioned as a Lieutenant into the Home Guard and saw service as the Platoon Commander on No.2 (Manningtree) Platoon, Mistley Company, 9th Battalion, Essex Home Guard, when living in Manningtree. Post war he served with the Royal Observer Corps for a period, and died in Lawford, Essex in 1977.