A fine Great War 1914 Old Contemptible, Waziristan 1921 to 1924 and long service group awarded to Acting Warrant Officer 2nd Class later Lieutenant G.S. Cockburn, Royal Army Service Corps, who saw service out on the Western Front from 13th August 1914 with the 1st Cavalry Division Supply Column. His brother, whose documentation accompanies the above medals, Charles Edward Cockburn, was a Staff Sergeant with the Royal Engineers, and employed during the war out in Palestine and later Syria with the 357th Waterworks Company in charge of Electric

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Condition: heavily polished, hence only Fine.
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A fine Great War 1914 Old Contemptible, Waziristan 1921 to 1924 and long service group awarded to Acting Warrant Officer 2nd Class later Lieutenant G.S. Cockburn, Royal Army Service Corps, who saw service out on the Western Front from 13th August 1914 with the 1st Cavalry Division Supply Column. His brother, whose documentation accompanies the above medals, Charles Edward Cockburn, was a Staff Sergeant with the Royal Engineers, and employed during the war out in Palestine and later Syria with the 357th Waterworks Company in charge of Electric Lighting Plants, before going on to see service with a Searchlight Section out at Cologne in Germany in the early 1920’s. Both brothers were commissioned during the Second World War.

Group of 5: 1914 Star with Clasp; (M-28591 CPL G.S. COCKBURN. A.S.C.); British War Medal and Victory Medal; (M-26591 A.W.O.CL.2. G.S. COCKBURN. A.S.C.); India General Service Medal 1908-1935, GVR K-i-H bust, 1 Clasp: Waziristan 1921-24; (M-14248 SJT. G.S. COCKBURN. R.A.S.C.); Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, GVR Fm. bust; (M-14248 SJT. G.S. COCKBURN. R.A.S.C.), mounted swing style as worn.

Condition: heavily polished, hence only Fine.

Together with the following quantity of original related paperwork and ephemera:

Portrait photograph of the recipient taken in uniform at Woolwich on 6th May 1945, when a Lieutenant with the Royal Army Service Corps.
Studio photograph of recipient in uniform, taken around the beginning of the Second World War.

Related documentation to the recipient’s older brother Charles Edward Cockburn:

Letter of recommendation written by the commanding officer of the 357th Waterworks Company, Royal Engineers, concerning Cockburn’s service under him in connection with work on Electric Lighting Plants in Palestine and Syria, issued at Ludd in Palestine on 19th January 1920. Cockburn had responsibility for the plants, he being described as ‘capable of taking charge of the erecting or of the running of any type of Electric Power Station’.

Official Copy of correspondence concerning Cockburn, a Quartermaster Sergeant with the Royal Engineers, being deemed too old to take up an appointment, dated 10th March 1942.

Group photograph printed on a photo card recording a ‘charabanc trip’ made by men of the Searchlight Section Royal Engineers with the British Army of the Rhine at Cologne, Germany, dated August 1923. Also another group photograph of the Searchlight Section, this not annotated.

Letter of recommendation for C.E. Cockburn who had worked as a civilian mechanist electrician under the Garrison Engineer at Sheerness, dated 14th October 1933.

Territorial Army Notice to Join issued to Sapper (No.1851852) C.E. Cockburn, Kent Fortress Royal Engineers, dated 26th September 1938.
National Health Service Medical Card for C.E. Cockburn, dated 31st March 1950.

Letter of notification from the War Office to C.E. Cockburn, of Sheerness, Kent, notifying him of the award of the Imperial Service Medal, dated

21st November 1956.

Also a folded group photograph taken of the Headquarters Company of the 1st County of London Westminster Battalion, dated 2nd December 1944. Presumably related to the above, and usefully detailed the names of all those photographed.

George Septimus Cockburn was born on 11th September 1892, the son of William and Elizabeth Cockburn of Stanhope Lines, Aldershot, Hampshire, his father being a Sergeant Major on the Garrison Staff. A pre-war regular soldier, with the outbreak of the Great War, as a Corporal (No.M-28591 later No.M-14248) with the Army Service Corps, he saw service out on the Western Front from 13th August 1914 with the 1st Cavalry Division Supply Column, and by the end of the war was serving as an Acting Warrant Officer 2nd Class, but later served as a Sergeant out in India and on operations in Waziristan circa 1921 to 1924. His brother, Charles Edward Cockburn, was a Staff Sergeant with the Royal Engineers, and employed during the war out in Palestine and later Syria with the 357th Waterworks Company in charge of Electric Lighting Plants, before going on to see service with a Searchlight Section out at Cologne in Germany in the early 1920’s. Both brothers were commissioned into their respective units during the Second World War.