WW1 Military Medal named to Artists Rifles Prisoner POW
764631 Pte Robert Brown 1/28 London Regiment WW1
George V Military Medal
for Bravery in the Field
Named to: 764631 Pte R Brown 1/28 Lond R
This is a super opportunity to acquire a Military Medal that has been partly researched.
Robert Brown was born in 1882, home address Leggatts Farm, Kings Walden, Hitchin, Herts. and was a Bank Clerk, before joining up.
1/28th London Regiment, also known as Artists Rifles.
This is only one of 15 Military Medals awarded to the Regiment. As mentioned below, Pte Brown was also entitled to the Meritorious Medal, of which only 14 were awarded to the Artists Rifles. This makes this individual and medal extremely rare.
He was also a Prisoner of War, this needs to be researched further.
Accompanying copy documents as listed.
I am happy to email docs, as they are slightly easier to read than the copies printed. His service papers as downloaded are of poor quality.
Military Medal - London Gazette - Number 30540, page 2409, Saturday 23rd February, 1918.
Copy of confirmation of his award of the Meritorious Service Medal, London Gazette, Number 30750, Page 7133, Monday 17th June 1918.
Casualty Form Active Service
Embarked Southampton 16.02.1917
Disembarked Le Havre 17.02.1917
Joined Battalion In the Field 26.02.1917
Military History Sheet
Awarded Military Medal
Awarded Meritorious Medal
Protection Certificate And Certificate of Identity
Dated & Stamped 12-Feb-19
Statement as to Disability
Dated & Stamped 22-Feb-19
He has signed the disclaimer, that he is not suffering, which for a POW must be unusual.
Service Record v1
Recorded as MISSING in the Field, entry made on the 5th April 1918. 23-Mar-18
Short Service Attestation
Statement of Service
This clearly states that he was listed as a POW 23-Mar-18
Copy Letter from his Mother to the Army. With a Compliment slip from the Manager of The
St Neots Branch of the London County Westminster & Parrs Bank. 24-Apr-18
I think this letter is a request to the Army to send a food parcel to her son, presumably
as a POW.
The compliment slip shows MM and MSM has been written.
Robert Brown is listed as a Bank Clerk
The family address is shown as Leggatts Farm in Kings Walden, Hitchin, Herts.
I include a copy of his family tree. Confirmed by the fact that his Father is listed as
Alfred Brown on several documents and the note from Elizabeth Brown to the Army is shown
Other documents include
Medal Card from National Archive, which intriguingly does not list MM or MSM.
I will also include 3 pages from;
The Regimantal Roll of Honour and War Record of The Artists Rifles.
These will name Robert Brown as recipient of both awards and enable the researcher to confirm
that he is in fact the only soldier to receive both awards.
Item number: 350363250661
Item location: Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom