A really lovely, original and very rare family grouping.
ALL to family members of the
1914 Star & Bar Trio.
7157. Sergeant E.A. ATTFIELD. 20th Hussars. (France 16.8.1914)
Extract from an old cutting
No. 7157 Sergeant E.A. ATTFIELD 20th Hussars, a Norwich man, received the M.M. for a gallant deed during the German rush in the spring of 1918.
The extract recording his action stated that in the attack on *Hourges Wood (*Note, actually The famous Battle of Rifle Wood) on April 1st, 1918, he was in command of the Hotchkiss gun section. After losing two complete gun teams, he took the gun and inflicted heavy casualties on the enemy. He put two German machine guns out of action, helped to clear the wood, and advancing to an exposed position, helped to hold the enemy back until reinforcements arrived.
This action took place near Amiens against a background of desperate struggle during the early days of the German Spring Offensive.
That these two WW1 members of the Attfield family survived for the whole of the Great War is a major miracle as they both fought through many of the most fierce and famous battles and actions from August 1914 until November 1918.
Their father's MERITORIOUS SERVICE MEDAL & Victorian L.S.G.C.
SQ.SGT.MJR, N. ATTFIELD. 20-HRS (MSM)
1223. S.Sgt.M.Rgh Rdr. N. ATTFIELD | 20 HUSS. (LSGC)
Sgt Major Nathanial Attfield joined the army at Aldershot on 7th July 1875.
He later carried the unusual rank of "Rough Rider" He served for 21 years, being "at home" July 1875- October 1885.
Although he is shown in Egypt from October 1885-November 1887, his papers and the roll confirm he had no campaign medals issued, so this pair represent his full entitlement. Apparently he did not serve in the required area to qualify for the Egypt medal or Khedive's Star. He was "at home" from November 1887- to his discharge in July 1896. A Superb and complete family grouping to one of the finest cavalry units in the British Army. Very unusual to get a full citation for a Military Medal as all were lost in the record office fire in WW2.
ALL EF and Better on Original Ribbon.
A SUPER LOT