Great War Third Battle of Ypres November 1917 Military Medal and Peace Gazette June 1919 Army Meritorious Service Medal group awarded to Private later Sapper and unpaid Lance Corporal W.A. Davey, 6th Service Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment, later Royal Engineers. Davey originally landed with the 6th Lincoln’s at Gallipoli at Suvla Bay on 7th August 1915, but was wounded in action when shot in the head and admitted to a Field Ambulance on 9th August 1915 during the Battle of Sari Bair. On recovery, he rejoined his battalion in Egypt in March 1916, and from April was employed as a pioneer with the headquarters of the 33rd Brigade, and as such landed in France in July 1916 and remained employed with the 33rd Brigade Signals Company. It was for this work that he was awarded the Military Medal for bravery in the field in the London Gazette for 28th January 1918, which indicates an award won during the Third Battle of Ypres in November 1917. Having transferred to the Royal Engineers in December 1917, he served for the rest of the war as a pioneer with the 11th Divisional Signalling Company and was awarded the Army Meritorious Service Medal in the Peace Gazette as published in the London Gazette for 3rd June 1919.
Group of 3: Military Medal, GVR bust; (9948 PTE. W.A. DAVEY. 6/LINC:R.); British War Medal 1914-1919; (9948 PTE. W.A. DAVEY. LINC.R.); Army Meritorious Service Medal, GVR Fm. bust; (357938 SAPR: - L.CPL. - W.A. DAVEY. R.E.)
Condition: Good Very Fine.
William Alfred Davey was born in Wootton, Lincolnshire, and having worked as a grocer, was living in Appleby, when with the Great War he attested for service with the British Army at Scunthorpe on 18th August 1914 as a Private (No.9948) with the Lincolnshire Regiment. Having joined the 6th Service Battalion which was then being formed, he then found himself posted to the Depot on 20th August 1914, and back to the 6th Battalion on 30th August. Davey landed at Suvla Bay with his for operations at Gallipoli from 7th August 1915, and only two days later was admitted to a Field Ambulance on 9th August 1915, having suffered a gun shot wound to he head. Evacuated to Malta where he arrived aboard a hospital ship on 22nd August, and then underwent treatment in the St Elmo Hospital at Valletta. Having recovered, Davey then embarked for Egypt on 11th February 1916, and having arrived at the base depot at Sidi Bishr on 17th February, rejoined the 6th Battalion at Ballah on 9th March 1916, and from 28th April 1916 found himself employed on duty with the headquarters of the 33rd Brigade, of which the 6th Battalion was a part.
Detailed for service on the Western Front, Davey then embarked at Alexandria on 2nd July 1916, and disembarked at Marseilles on 9th July 1916, and went on to see service during the Battle of the Somme whilst still with the 6th Battalion but now permanently attached as a pioneer to the 33rd Brigade Signals Company. It was for service as such that Davey was awarded the Military Medal for bravery in the field in the London Gazette for 28th January 1918, which indicates an award won during the Third Battle of Ypres in November 1917.
Davey transferred as a Sapper (No.357938) to the Royal Engineers on 12th December 1917, and was employed as a pioneer with the 11th Divisional Signalling Company. Appointed to unpaid Lance Corporal on 11th March 1918, he was hospitalised from 9th to 15th May 1918, and then remained on service with his unit through to the end of the war. Davey was awarded the Army Meritorious Service Medal in the Peace Gazette as published in the London Gazette for 3rd June 1919. Davey had been transferred to the Army Reserve on 9th April 1919.