​ The very fine Great War Territorial Force War Medal, Coronation 1911 and Territorial Decoration group awarded to Lieutenant Colonel W.H. Passby, Royal Garrison Artillery and Territorial Force, who served for many years with the Sussex and Kent Royal Garrison Artillery, the Kent Royal Garrison Artillery, the Kent Coast Brigade, and the Kent Heavy Brigade, and was awarded the Territorial Decoration in April 1924.

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The very fine Great War Territorial Force War Medal, Coronation 1911 and Territorial Decoration group awarded to Lieutenant Colonel W.H. Passby, Royal Garrison Artillery and Territorial Force, who served for many years with the Sussex and Kent Royal Garrison Artillery, the Kent Royal Garrison Artillery, the Kent Coast Brigade, and the Kent Heavy Brigade, and was awarded the Territorial Decoration in April 1924.
Group of 5: British War Medal and Victory Medal; (LT.COL. W.H. PASSBY.); Territorial Force War Medal 1914-1919; (LT.COL. W.H. PASSBY. R.A.); Coronation Medal 1911; Territorial Decoration, GVR cypher, hallmarked for London with date letter ‘d’ for 1919, reverse engraved: ‘LT.COL. W.H. PASSBY. R.A.’

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William Haymen Passby was born on 1st March 1885, the son of Richard James Passby of Frindsbury, Rochester, Kent, he was educated at Dulwich College, where he played in the Rugby 2nd XV from 1903 to 1904 and also participated in athletics, before leaving in April 1904. Having then qualified as a solicitor, he joined the family firm of Mann & Passby in Rochester in August 1909, having also joined the Territorial Force with the Sussex and Kent Royal Garrison Artillery back in 1908.
Commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant on 1st March 1909, and promoted to Captain on 31st October 1911 whilst with the Kent Royal Garrison Artillery. With the outbreak of the Great War he was mobilised and promoted Major with the Kent Royal Garrison Artillery on 19th September 1914. Seconded for service on 11th October 1915, Passby then saw service out on the Western Front from 1916 onwards, and saw service as an Acting Lieutenant Colonel from 4th July 1917. Demobilised at the end of hostilities, he relinquished the acting rank of Lieutenant Colonel on 3rd October 1919. Passby was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel on 8th March 1920, and was appointed a Military Member of the Kent Territorial Force Association.

Passby married on 4th April 1923, Anne, the daughter of W.P. Bemrose, of Rochester, and was awarded the Territorial Decoration whilst serving as Lieutenant Colonel with the Kent Coast Brigade in the London Gazette for 8th April 1924. Passby, who was latterly with the Kent Heavy Brigade, then transferred to the Territorial Army Reserve of Officers on 28th March 1925, and died in Gillingham on 4th April 1937.    


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