Triple Military Medal Group Great War. Scarce Great War MM and 2 Bar group of 4 medals – 37th Divisional Signal Company, Royal Engineers
Sergeant William Parnaby
This very fine group consists of:
Military Medal named to – 46547 Cpl. W. Parnaby, 37/Sig. Coy. R.E. (Cpl, Act Sjt) 18 Jul 1917 –
Bar to Military Medal (Sjt) 11 Feb 1919 –
2nd Bar to Military Medal (Sjt)
1914 / 15 Star 46547 named to: 46547 2.Cpl. W. Parnaby, R.E.);
War Medal named to: 46547 SJT. W. PARNABY R.E.
Victory Medal named to: 46547 SJT. W. PARNABY R.E.
M.M. London Gazette 26 March 1917.
Bar to M.M. London Gazette 18 July 1917. 2nd Bar to M.M. London Gazette 11 February 1919.
180 two-bar Military Medals were awarded during the Great War.
William Parnaby served in France from 29 July 1915.
Sold with copy pages from the 37th D.S. Coy War Diary which show his first Bar as being an award for the battle of Arras in April 1917.
War Diary – WO 95/2523 – Divisional Signal Company – 1915 July – 1919 Mar.
War Diary– Mentioned 29 Oct 16, 18 Dec 1916, 21 Jun 1917, 14 and 21 Aug 1917 and 08 Dec 1917. Copy page from Corps Orders– Mentions Bar to MM.
Original plates from book or pamphlet– 20 plates/diagrams on communication set up.
Census – 1891, 1901 and 1911.
History 37th Div Sig Coy – 37th Divisional Signal Company, RE (was 40th Divisional Signal Company, joined this Division 17 June 1915)
The Signals Company
In 1914, each infantry Division included a Signals Company, with a total strength of 162 men. It was organised into a Company HQ and 4 Sections, of which No 1 Section was responsible for communications with Divisional HQ, and Nos 2-4 with the Brigades of the Division. Officers, 5 in total, Major or Captain, in command of the Company, 4 Lieutenants (or 2nd Lts), each in command of a section.
Company HQ 25 in total. Company Sergeant-Major, Company Quartermaster Sergeant, 1 Sergeant at HQ, plus 1 and a Corporal in Signallers Group, 1 Sergeant and 8 Corporals in the Despatch Riders Group, 1 Shoeing Smith, 1 Trumpeter, 7 Drivers, 2 Batmen. No 1 Section 48 in total, 2 Sergeants, 2 Corporals and 3 Second-Corporals, 1 Shoeing Smith, 26 Sappers, 12 Drivers, 2 Batmen. Nos 2-4 Sections 72 in total, 3 Sergeants, and 3 Second-Corporals in the telephone sections, 24 Sappers and 6 Drivers also in the telephone sections, 3 Sergeant and 3 Corporal in the Signallers and Despatch Riders sections, 18 Sappers in the Signallers and Despatch Riders sections, 6 Batmen, 3 Drivers and 3 Sappers in the 3 Section HQ’s Attached, 2 Privates of the RAMC, for water duties. The Company also had a Driver of the ASC, who was actually counted as part of the Divisional Train. A detachment of the Signals Company was left at the Base, as reinforcements. The Signals Companies relied heavily on horses for transport, and had an establishment of 33 riding horses; 47 draught and packhorses. There were 32 bicycles and 9 motorcycles. With the exception of the Trumpeter, all Other Ranks were armed as infantrymen, carrying the SMLE rifle but no bayonet.
This group is being sold on commission and will be accompanied by a substantial research file.
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