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The interesting and extremely rare Great War British Salonika Force Greek Interpreters 1918 Army Meritorious Service Medal group awarded to Interpreter G.A. Agallides, who was borne on the roll of the Interpreters serving with the British Salonika Force, and is believed to have been employed with the Provost Marshal to the B.S.F., Lieutenant Colonel C.W. Villiers, being awarded one of only 6 Army M.S.M’s to Greek recipient’s on 25th November 1918.

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The interesting and extremely rare Great War British Salonika Force Greek Interpreters 1918 Army Meritorious Service Medal group awarded to Interpreter G.A. Agallides, who was borne on the roll of the Interpreters serving with the British Salonika Force, and is believed to have been employed with the Provost Marshal to the B.S.F., Lieutenant Colonel C.W. Villiers, being awarded one of only 6 Army M.S.M’s to Greek recipient’s on 25th November 1918.  Group of 4: British War Medal and Victory Medal, officially impressed as issued; (84 INTPR. G.A. AGALLIDES.); Army Meritorious Service Medal, GVR Fm. bust, rim engraved for presentation; (G.A. AGALLIDES PRESTD BY LT. COLONEL VILLIERS. PM. BSF. 25.11.18); Greece - Kingdom of: Medal of Military Merit 1916-1917, 4th Class. Condition: Good Very Fine. Awarded to a Greek national, G.A. Agallides, who served as an Interpreter (No.84) with the British Salonika Force in Salonika, and is know to have been present on operations from 1st December 1915 to 16th December 1915, and then re-engaged for further service with the British Salonika Force from 30th August 1916 through to 1st July 1919. Because he was a Greek Interpreter he is only entitled to the British War Medal and Victory Medal with the 1914-1915 Star not being award to foreign interpreters. This is confirmed as such on the rolls. Agallides is believed to have been employed as an Interpreter with the British Salonika Force Provost Marshal, Lieutenant Colonel C.W. Villiers, Coldstream Guards, who at the end of 1915 was sent to Salonika to take up the appointment of Acting Provost Marshal at the Headquarters of the British Salonika Force, at which time he held the rank of Major, and presumably took Agallides on as his interpreter, as they both began service there in late 1915. Villiers was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel on 15th May 1916, and was awarded the Distinguished Service Order in the London Gazette for 3rd June 1916, he was then three time’s Mentioned in Despatches, London Gazette’s for 13th July 1916, 5th December 1916, and 28th November 1917 refer, and on 10th October 1918 was appointed to receive the Greek Order of the Redeemer 3rd Class by H.M. the King of the Hellenes. He was also awarded the Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1918, and then upgraded to the Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1919, having also been awarded the French Croix de Guerre with Palm, and the Serbian Order of the White Eagle with Swords. He relinquished his appointment on 23rd May 1919.     It is clear from the engraved presentation inscription on Agallides’ Army Meritorious Service Medal which was present to him by Lieutenant Colonel Villiers on 25th November 1918, that they must have had something to do with each other, in reference to Agallides’ employment in Salonika, and Agallides’ ceased employment with the British Salonika Force on 1st July 1919. According to the book - British Gallantry Awards, by Abbott & Tamplin, it is estimated that a total of 679 'Honorary' immediate awards of the Military Meritorious Service Medal were issued to allied troops - of which only six were awarded to personnel from Greece.