Great War Arras Offensive Third Battle of the Scarpe 3rd May 1917 Military Medal group awarded to Sergeant A. Gafney, 7th Service Battalion, East Kent Regiment - the Buffs, who was present out on the Western Front from July 1915, and won his Military Medal for bravery in the field in the London Gazette for 18th July 1917, which indicates an award won during operations between April and early June 1917 during the Battle of Arras. Additional research indicates that Gafney won his award for a failed attack made on 3rd May during the opening stages of the Third Battle of the Scarpe.
Group of 4: Military Medal, GVR bust; (1298 SJT: A. GAFNEY. E. KENT R.); 1914-1915 Star; (G-1298 SJT. A. GAFNEY. E. KENT R.); British War Medal and Victory Medal; (G-1298 SJT. A. GAFNEY. E. KENT. R.)
Condition: official correction to third medal by the regimental details, an error in the naming having been corrected, otherwise Good Very Fine.
Alfred Gafney was born in Enfield, Middlesex, and having worked as a clerk with the post office, with the outbreak of the Great War he then enlisted for service as a Private (No.G-1298) with the East Kent Regiment - the Buffs at Saint Pancras on 8th September 1914, and was posted to the Canterbury Depot. Posted to the 7th Service Battalion, he was appointed to Lance Corporal on 17th September 1914 and promoted to Corporal on 24th September 1915, being promoted to Sergeant on 2nd March 1915.
As such Gafney then saw service out on the Western Front with the 7th Battalion from 28th July 1915, and was awarded the Military Medal for bravery in the field in the London Gazette for 18th July 1917, which indicates an award won during operations between April and early June 1917 during the Battle of Arras. Research indicates that his award was won on the 3rd May 1917 during an unsuccessful attack made by the 7th Buff’s during the Third Battle of the Scarpe.
Gafney had been posted home to the Depot on 10th May 1917, he having been quite probably wounded, and he then remained on home service, being discharged on 2nd February 1919.