The interesting Great War 1917 Operations on the Ancre pair of Military Medal’s to both men of the same two man Lewis Gun team, who both earned their awards in the attack on South Miraumont Trench on 17th February 1917. The first, Private H.S. Elliott, 12th Service Battalion, Middlesex Regiment, the other, Private W. Taylor, 12th Service Battalion, Middlesex Regiment, who when at one time ‘the advance was held up by about fifty of the enemy and by enfilade fire from a machine gun. Rushing forward with their Lewis gun on their own initiative to

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The interesting Great War 1917 Operations on the Ancre pair of Military Medal’s to both men of the same two man Lewis Gun team, who both earned their awards in the attack on South Miraumont Trench on 17th February 1917. The first, Private H.S. Elliott, 12th Service Battalion, Middlesex Regiment, the other, Private W. Taylor, 12th Service Battalion, Middlesex Regiment, who when at one time ‘the advance was held up by about fifty of the enemy and by enfilade fire from a machine gun. Rushing forward with their Lewis gun on their own initiative to a spot where they got a better field of fire, they bought their gun into action with such good effect that the enemy’s machine gun was knocked out, and the party of Germans were all killed, wounded, or taken prisoners.’ Both men received their awards in the London Gazette of 17th April 1917, and both men were subsequently wounded in action.

Military Medal, GVR bust; (6227 PTE H. ELLIOTT. 12/MIDD’X: R.); Victory Medal; (G-6227 PTE. H. ELLIOTT. MIDD’X R.)

Condition: lightly polished, Very Fine.

Together with the recipient’s:

18th Division Gallant Conduct Card, issued to No.6227 Pte H.S. Elliott, 12th (S) Bn. Middlesex Regiment, for his gallant conduct and devotion to duty in the field on 17th February 1917, ‘during operations against South Miraumont Trench’.

Certificate of Discharge, dated 7th June 1918.

Character Certificate, dated 18th May 1918.

Together with the single Military Medal awarded to Private W. Taylor, 12th Service Battalion, Middlesex Regiment, who was award his decoration for the same action in the attack on South Miraumont Trench on 17th February 1917, both men were part of a two man Lewis Gun team.

Military Medal, GVR bust; (3483 PTE W. TAYLOR. 12/MIDD’X: R.)

Condition: lightly polished, Very Fine.

The first recipient:

Harold S. Elliott was born in Derby, Derbyshire, and having worked as a compositor, then enlisted into the British Army at Dublin on 2nd September 1914, joining as a Private (No.6227) the 12th Service Battalion, Middlesex Regiment. Seeing service out on the Western Front from 25th July 1915, it was during operations in the line in front of South Miraumont Trench that led to his award of the Military Medal.

Elliott was part of a two men Lewis Gun team, who on 17th February 1917, during the operations on the Ancre in the attack on South Miraumont Trench, together with his other gun crew member, Private William Taylor, whilst the attack was held up by about fifty of the enemy, and by enfilade fire from a machine gun, they dealt with the gun and the party of Germans. Elliott and Taylor were both awarded the Military Medal for bravery in the field in the London Gazette for 17th April 1917.

The battalion history gives more detail: ‘Privates H.S. Elliott and W. Taylor did similar good work. At one time the advance was held up by about fifty of the enemy and by enfilade fire from a machine gun. Rushing forward with their Lewis gun on their own initiative to a spot where they got a better field of fire, they bought their gun into action with such good effect that the enemy’s machine gun was knocked out, and the party of Germans were all killed, wounded, or taken prisoners.’

Elliott was subsequently wounded in action, and evacuated home during 1917, being discharged due to his wounds on 7th June 1918 and awarded the Silver War Badge.

The second recipient:

William Taylor enlisted into the British Army on 28th November 1915, and then saw service as a Private (No.3483) with the 12th Service Battalion, Middlesex Regiment. Taylor was part of a two men Lewis Gun team, who on 17th February 1917, during the attack on South Miraumont Trench, together with his other gun crew member, Private Harold Elliott, whilst the attack was held up by about fifty of the enemy, and by enfilade fire from a machine gun, they dealt with the gun and the party of Germans. Taylor and Elliott were both awarded the Military Medal for bravery in the field in the London Gazette for 17th April 1917.

Taylor was later wounded in action and after recovering, was serving with the Depot of the Middlesex Regiment, when he was discharged due to wounds on 16th January 1919, and awarded the Silver War Badge.