Great War Third Battle of Ypres Battle of Poelcappelle 9th to 10th October 1917 Military Medal awarded to Private R.W. James, 3rd/5th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers, Territorial Force, formerly Durham Light Infantry, later Yorkshire Regiment, who...

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Great War Third Battle of Ypres Battle of Poelcappelle 9th to 10th October 1917 Military Medal awarded to Private R.W. James, 3rd/5th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers, Territorial Force, formerly Durham Light Infantry, later Yorkshire Regiment, who was decorated for his gallantry in action during the Battle of Poelcappelle between 9th to 10th October 1917 when he won an immediate award of the Military Medal. He was one of 26 men from his battalion whose names were submitted ‘to Brigade for Gallantry and Good Conduct during the operations’. Notification of his award was published in the Second Anzac Corps Routine Orders for 30th October 1917, one of 19 Military Medal’s to be awarded to the 3rd/5th Lancashire Fusiliers, in addition to three Military Crosses and two Distinguished Conduct Medals, and was then announced in the London Gazette for 14th January 1918.

Military Medal, GVR 1st type bust; (235312 PTE. R.W. JAMES. 3/5 LANC: FUS: - T.F.)

Condition: Nearly Extremely Fine.

Robert William James came from Hamsterley Colliery, County Durham, originally saw service during the Great War as a Private (No.204183) with the Durham Light Infantry, but then transferred as a Private (No.235312) to the 3rd/5th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers, Territorial Force. The 3rd/5th Battalion arrived on the Western Front on 1st March 1917 and formed part of the 197th Brigade in the 66th (2nd East Lancashire) Division.

It was during the Third Battle of Ypres when in action at Zonnebeke during the Battle of Poelcappelle between 9th to 10th October 1917 that James won an immediate award of the Military Medal for bravery in the field. He was one of 26 men whose names were submitted ‘to Brigade for Gallantry and Good Conduct during the operations’. Notification of his award was published on the Second Anzac Corps Routine Orders for 30th October 1917, one of 19 Military Medal’s to be awarded to the 3rd/5th Lancashire Fusiliers, in addition to three Military Crosses and two Distinguished Conduct Medals, and was then announced in the London Gazette for 14th January 1918.

On the disbandment of his battalion on 14th February 1918, James transferred as a Private (No.235763) to the Yorkshire Regiment and was later disembodied.