Great War Third Battle of Ypres July 1917 Trench Raider’s single Military Medal awarded to Private J. Govier, 10th Service Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers, who was awarded the Military Medal for bravery in the field in the London Gazette for 28th ...

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Great War Third Battle of Ypres July 1917 Trench Raider’s single Military Medal awarded to Private J. Govier, 10th Service Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers, who was awarded the Military Medal for bravery in the field in the London Gazette for 28th September 1917, which indicates and award also won during the Third Battle of Ypres in July 1917. “The History of the Lancashire Fusiliers 1914-1918” by Latter notes that Govier was decorated for his bravery in a trench raid on the Tino Trench, he having “showed great determination and devotion to duty with a raiding party.’ There is some confusion as to his unit, and the regimental history states that he was serving with the 20th Service Battalion - the 4th Salford Pals at the time of his award. In all probability however he was serving with the 10th Battalion.

Military Medal, GVR bust; (38072 PTE. J. GOVIER. 10/LANC: FUS:)

Condition: lightly polished, Very Fine.

John Govier came from Tottington, near Bury, Lancashire, now Greater Manchester, and having enlisted on 26th December 1914, then saw service as a Private (No.38072) with the 10th Service Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers. Govier went on to see service out on the Western Front where his battalion formed part of the 52nd Brigade in the 17th Division.

Awarded the Military Medal for bravery in the field in the London Gazette for 28th September 1917, which indicates and award also won during the Third Battle of Ypres in July 1917. “The History of the Lancashire Fusiliers 1914-1918” by Latter notes that Govier was decorated for his bravery in a trench raid on the Tino Trench, however it also notes that Govier was serving with the 20th Service Battalion - the 4th Salford Pals at the time of his award. More than likely this is an error, as his M.M. card and the naming on his award both confirm the 10th Battalion. Govier citation reads that he: “showed great determination and devotion to duty with a raiding party.’

Govier was subsequently discharged due to wounds on 21st March 1919 and awarded the Silver War Badge