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A First War Grouping to Air Mechanic 2nd Class Horace Harvey Read; Royal Air Force

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A First War Grouping to Air Mechanic 2nd Class Horace Harvey Read; Royal Air Force

British War Medal (405677. 2.A.M. H.H. READ. R.A.F.); Victory Medal (405677. 2.A.M. H.H. READ. R.A.F.); and Defence Medal. Naming is officially impressed on the First War pair, the DM is un-named as issued. Mounted to a suspension with swing bar pinback, as worn by the veteran, original ribbons, edge nicks, contact marks, very fine. Accompanied by his original Transfer to Reserve Certificate; his Protection Certificate and Certificate of Identity; a Method of Wearing the Ribbon Letter; a Government Note for the Defence Medal; assorted Handwritten Letters addressed to Read from his Wife during 1917; a Photograph of Read in his RFC Uniform with Swagger Stick (black and white, faded to a sepia-toned look, studio marked "Archie Haniford MUSWELL HILL", board-mounted, 125 mm x 177 mm); three Photographs of Read in Various Uniforms (black and white, one stamped "Photo By H. ANDREE, NEWBRIDGE", each with handwritten inscriptions and postcard style backers, two at 87 mm x 137 mm, the other at 84 mm x 135 mm); and four Wedding Photographs of Read with his Bride (black and white, faded to a sepia-toned look, two with postcard style backers, one is board-mounted at 105 mm x 150 mm, one at 45 mm x 69 mm, two at 89 mm x 138 mm).

Footnote: Horace Harvey Read was born in 1896. He enlisted on September 3, 1915 with the City of London Regiment (405677) and was later transferred to the Royal Flying Corps, where his specialty was Wireless Operator. Read joined the Royal Air Force when the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service merged on April 1, 1918. He was discharged upon demobilization at No. 1 Dispersal Unit, Crystal Palace, on January 31, 1919 and four weeks later, he was transferred to the Royal Air Force Reserve List, on February 28, 1919. For his First World War service, he was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. His services were called upon again in the Second World War, and for that, he was awarded the Defence Medal.
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