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A 1916 Military Medal to the 160th Brigade Royal Field Artillery



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A 1916 Military Medal to the 160th Brigade Royal Field Artillery

A 1916 Military Medal to the 160th Brigade Royal Field Artillery -  (12894 SJT: H. RICHMOND. 'D' BY: 160/BDE: R.F.A.). Naming is officially impressed. Fine.. Accompanied by copies of his Index Cards, Attestation Paper (dated November 2, 1900), Service Records and London Gazette Announcement (dated Saturday, 3 June, 1916).   Footnote: Hugh Richmond was born in 1881. He signed his Attestation Paper with the Royal Field Artillery on November 2, 1900 at Manchester, England, stating that he had previous military service with the 3rd Lancaster Fusiliers (although this has been crossed out on the form), that he was not married and that his trade was that of Moulder. He was posted to the 118th Brigade on November 23rd as a Gunner for the next 340 days. He was transferred to the 22nd Brigade on October 8, 1901, upon his departure for India service, and later transferred to the 18th Brigade on January 1, 1902. He was appointed Bombadier on March 13, 1906 and reverted to the rank of Gunner at his own request on August 23, 1907. His Indian service lasted for 4 years and 15 days, from October 8, 1901 to October 22, 1908. Upon his return to England, he was transferred to the Army Reserve on November 2, 1908 and was to remain on the home front for the next 4 years and 49 days, from October 23, 1908 to January 9, 1916. Three years after he returned home, he married Sarah Jane Paul on October 7, 1911 at Salford and they were to have three children: Ellen (born January 21, 1913), Maria (born October 8, 1915) and Hugh Joseph (December 22, 1918). He was re-engaged on November 2, 1912. Richmond was mobilized at Preston on August 5, 1914 and posted to the 43rd Brigade. It was with the 43rd that he was to see elevations in his rank, as he was appointed Acting Bombadier on February 3, 1915, promoted to Bombadier on July 9th and appointed Acting Corporal on August 24th. He was transferred to the 160th Brigade as an Acting Corporal on December 15th and later confirmed in the rank of Corporal on January 9, 1916, upon his departrure for the French theatre in the Great War. He was to remain in France with the 160th, as part of the British Expeditionary Force for the next 2 years and 211 days, from January 10, 1916 to August 8, 1918. While in France, he was appointed Acting Sergeant on March 31, 1916 and named Sergeant shortly thereafter. Richmond was awarded his Military Medal on April 17, 1916. He was posted to Base Depot as a Sergeant on January 19, 1918, then to the 26th Brigade on January 28th, before being on placed on furlough for 19 days, from August 9, 1918 to August 27, 1918. Following his furlough, he resumed served in France on August 28, 1918 for the next 44 days, returning to England on October 10, 1918. He was to conclude his last 173 days of military service on the home front, from October 11, 1918 to March 31, 1920. With the ceasing of hostilities, he was transferred to Class "Z", Army Reserve on demobilization on February 17, 1919 and was discharged from service on March 31, 1920. Richmond was credited with 19 years and 171 days service with the Royal Field Artillery and his character was noted as "exemplary". For his Indian service, he was awarded the India General Service Medal with the North West Frontier 1908 Clasp. That was to be followed up with the awarding of his Military Medal on April 17, 1916, which was announced in the London Gazette 5596 on June 3, 1916. In addition, his Index Cards indicate that he was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal but not the Star. 1  
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