A First War Military Medal to an American in No.3 Squadron R.F.C.
(8192 2. CL: A.M. A.E. PITCHER. NO. 3 SQ: R.F.C.). Naming is officially impressed. Original ribbon, dark patina, extremely fine. Accompanied by copies of his Service Records and No. 3 Squadron Honours & Awards 1916-1918 Document from the National Archives. Footnote: Arthur Edwin Pitcher was born on October 28, 1895 in Baltimore, Maryland. He enlisted with the Royal Flying Corps (8192) as a 2nd Class Air Mechanic (Wireless Operator) on September 2, 1915, eight weeks shy of his twentieth birthday, naming his next-of-kin as Caroline Pitcher and stating his trade as that of Draughtsman. He was promoted to the rank of Acting Corporal on February 24, 1916, followed three months later by a posting to No. 3 Squadron, Royal Flying Corps in France, on April 17th. 2nd Class Air Mechanic Arthur Edwin Pitcher was recommended for an award by his 2nd Lieutenant, as noted in the No. 3 Squadron Honours & Awards 1916-1918 Document: "The undermentioned men are recommended for awards for consistent good work under fire:- No. 8191 2/A.M. Williams I.L., No. 8192 2/A.M. Pitcher A.E., (SD) J.L. Stuart, 2/Lt. O 1/c Wireless, No. 3 Squadron, R.F. Corps." 2nd Class Air Mechanic Pitcher was awarded the Military Medal, the announcement appearing in the Third Supplement to the London Gazette 29873 of Tuesday, December 19, 1916, on Thursday, December 21, 1919, page 12445. 2nd Class Air Mechanic I.L. Williams was also awarded a Military Medal, his announcement appearing on page 12447 of the same publication. Pitcher was appointed a 1st Class Air Mechanic on June 1, 1917 and after serving in France for twenty-one months, he returned to the United Kingdom on January 29, 1918, where he received training as an Equipment Officer (Wireless). Pitcher was with the Royal Flying Corps when it merged with the Royal Naval Air Service on April 1, 1918, to form the Royal Air Force. For his First World War service, Pitcher was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. After the war, Pitcher was reclassified as a Leading Aircraftman (Wireless Operator) on January 1, 1919. He was discharged to commission as a Flying Officer on June 2, 1918, the announcement appearing in the London Gazette 31548 of Friday, September 12, 1919, page 11469. He remained in this position until being transferred to the Reserve and graded Class B on September 12, 1926, the announcement appearing in the London Gazette 33203 of Tuesday, September 21, 1926, page 6100. Six months later, he was transferred from Class B to Class C on February 5, 1927, the announcement appearing in the London Gazette of 33246 of Tuesday, February 8, 1927, page 868. Pitcher relinquished his commission as a Flying Officer in the Royal Air Force upon the completion of his service, on September 12, 1930, the announcement appearing in the London Gazette 33671 of Friday, December 19, 1930, page 8159.