Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, GVR Fm. bust, awarded to Private F.V. Von Malachowski, Welch Regiment, formerly 16th Queen’s Lancers, who bears a surname of Polish aristocratic origins, though they had evidently fallen on hard times, and...

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Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, GVR Fm. bust, awarded to Private F.V. Von Malachowski, Welch Regiment, formerly 16th Queen’s Lancers, who bears a surname of Polish aristocratic origins, though they had evidently fallen on hard times, and he then enlisted into the Lancers in March 1898 at Umballa, India, he having been born out on the sub-continent. At the time of his enlistment he was only 11 years old, though he claimed he was older, and he then went on to serve with the Regimental Band of the 16th Lancers through to his discharge in 1912. He re-enlisted during the Great War and saw service with the Welch Regiment, and settled in Norwich, Norfolk, where he worked for the Norwich Union.

Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, GVR Fm. bust; (42007 PTE. F. VON MACHOWSKI. WELCH. R.)

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Francis Victor Von Malachowski, who bears a surname of Polish aristocratic origins, was born on 20th September 1886 in Dalhousie, India. Despite being of Aristocratic origins, his family had evidently fallen on hard times, and aged 11, he enlisted into the British Army as boy soldier at Umballa, India on 18th March 1898, although he then gave his age as 14! Von Malachowski then joined as a Boy the 16th Queen’s Lancers, and in 1901 is noted as having been on home service. After the end of the Boer War he deployed to South Africa on 11th October 1902, returning home in November 1904. In this period her saw service with the Regimental Band, being appointed to Private on 10th February 1903. By September 1909 he was stationed at Norwich, Norfolk, where he later settled.

Von Malachowski was appointed to the rank of Bandsman on 13th March 1910, and in late 1912 was sent to Curragh Camp in Ireland, where he took his discharge on 16th October 1912 and returned to live in Norwich. The reason for this became clear when on 14th July 1913 he got married to one Alice Hardy, a local girl who he had got pregnant, and his first child, a daughter was born shortly after his wedding!

During the Great War he re-enlisted, and saw service as a Private (No.42007) with the Welch Regiment, and is additionally entitled to the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

Von Malachowski and his wife, went on to have a large family, and according to family sources money was tight and whomever was pushing the pram wore the one pair of shoes the siblings had between them. Von Malachowski went on to work for the Norwich Union, and died at Norwich in March 1948.