A Rare RAF MM Group for Liaising with the Royal Artillery
A Rare RAF MM Group for Liaising with the Royal Artillery - Military Medal, George V (104631 Cpl MECH: W. WINDEBANK. R.A.F.); 1914 Star, 1 Clasp - 5th Aug.-22nd Nov. 1914 (5933 Pte W. WINDIBANK. 12/LRS); British War Medal (104631. CPL. W. WINDEBANK. R.A.F.); Victory Medal (104631. CPL. W. WINDEBANK. R.A.F.); and Royal Air Force Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, George V (104631. SGT. W. WINDEBANK. R.A.F.). Naming is officially impressed, spelling of the surname incorrect on the Star (Windibank, should be Windebank). Court-mounted with shorten swing bar pinback, contact marks, cleaned, better than very fine. Accompanied by copies of his Medals Awards Index Card (laminated, confirming his awarded of the Trio), Service Records and the Seventh Supplement to the London Gazette 30999 (laminated). Footnote: William Windebank was born on September 9, 1886 in Guildford, Hampshire. He enlisted with the 12th (The Prince of Wales's) Royal Regiment of Lancers on December 6, 1905 and after four years, was appointed Lance Corporal (Unpaid) on November 5, 1909, then transferred to the Reserves on January 25, 1912. Upon the outbreak of hostilities, his regiment was mobilized on August 5, 1914, with Windebank assuming the rank of Private. He embarked for the French theatre and no doubt shared in his regiment's "hour of glory" at Cerizy on August 28, 1914, as well as participating in action at Wytschaete on October 31st. He returned to England for appointment at Aldershot, as a Lance Corporal, on April 5, 1915. Although his RAF records do not indicate as to why, and his Army records having been destroyed during the Second World War, Windebank was tried by District Court Martial on June 1, 1916, and subsequently awarded 56 days in detention, 42 of which were remitted on account of his time under arrest awaiting trial. After serving his sentence, he was appointed Acting Corporal on December 1, 1916, but reverted to Lance Corporal on February 24, 1917. He was married at the time to E.A. Windebank and was stationed at Curragh, Ireland, when he was the subject of a compulsory transfer to the Royal Flying Corps at South Farnborough on September 27, 1917. He was put on probation in the rank of Aircraftman 3rd Class, seeking to be a Wireless Operator. He was promoted to Aircraftman 2nd Class and Acting Corporal on October 15, 1917, reverted to Aircraftman 2nd Class on January 3, 1918, then was promoted to Aircraftman 1st Class on March 1, 1918 and transferred to 59 Squadron, which was an Army co-operation unit engaged on reconnaissance and bombing duties. Soon after, he was appointed Acting Corporal (Unpaid) on April 30, 1918, then appointed to Corporal Mechanic the following day, on May 1st. Corporal Mechanic Windebank was awarded the Military Medal, as mentioned in the Seventh Supplement to the London Gazette 30999 of Tuesday, November 5, 1918, on Friday, November 8, 1918, page 13201. Only ninety-two Military Medals were awarded to members of the Royal Air Force during the First World War. He was reclassified Corporal Wireless Operator on January 1, 1919 (AMWO 1483/18 refers), with his award of the Military Medal almost certainly in respect of gallant deeds under fire while liaising with the Royal Artillery and his own squadron. He was appointed Temporary Sergeant on May 1, 1919 with 10 Corps HA, then named Temporary Sergeant Wireless Operator Group 2 in early August 1919, before reverting to the rank of Corporal on August 16th. He re-engaged for additional service with the Royal Air Force on December 5, 1919, seeing a promotion to Sergeant on July 24, 1922. He is on record as having served for almost two years in Egypt from May 5, 1923 to April 5, 1925, before returning to England. Windebank was awarded the Royal Air Force Long Service and Good Conduct Medal on June 16, 1926. He was a resident of Margate, Kent when he was discharged from active service on December 5, 1929.