Five, Major W.M. Congreve, R.G.A.
Military Cross, George V.R., un named as issued; British war and Victory Medals (with M.I.D.), impressed (Major W.M. Congreve); Defence Medal, privately impressed (T. MAJOR (1940-42) R.A. & TROOPER W.M. CONGREVE, 7TH. WILTS H.G. (1942-45); War Medal, privately engraved (T. MAJOR W.M. CONGREVE R.A. (1940-42); very fine or better. Major W.M. Congreve was born on 12 September 1883 the son of Walter Congreve and Mary G. Congreve of 27 Eaton Mascott Hall, Shropshire. He was educated at the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich. He was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant, RGA on 15 July 1903 and served in Singapore from June 1904 to December 1904. From 1904 to January 1906 he served in India and was promoted to Lieutenant, RGA on 15 July 1906. He served at Gibraltar from January 1910 until resigning his commission on 3 May 1911 and was appointed as a Lieutenant, R.G.A. Reserve of Officers. Congreve was re-employed on 5 August 1914, and promoted to Captain, RGA SR on 30 October 1914. He went to France on 13 September 1916 and was appointed as an Acting Major, RGA on 12 June 1917 and as a Temporary Major in the Army on 7 April 1918. On 27 April 1918 he was appointed as a Deputy Assistant Adjutant General on 27 April 1918 and continued to serve in that position until he embarked for the United Kingdom on 24 February 1919. For his services he was awarded the Military Cross in the London Gazette of 1 January 1918 and Mentioned in Despatches in the London Gazette of 5 July 1918. During World War II he served as a Temporary Major in the Royal Artillery and after being relieved from active duty due to age he joined the 7th Wilts Home Guard as a Trooper and served with them for the remainder of the war. Sold with copies of service records and a research file.