ORIGINAL PAPERWORK - MACHINE GUN CORPS - DCM WINNER - NELSON
Genuine WW1 MACHINE GUN CORPS Paperwork
Very Scruffy, Dirty, Falling Apart, Separated in Places, Fragile Best described as " MUCH LOVED "
The paperwork consists of his Protection Certificate, Demobilization Account, Battalion Orders for 23rd December 1918, a form from the Military Services Civil Liabilities Department granting him £104 to set up a Poultry Farm and a small photo approx 2 by 1 inches cut from a postcard, showing him with Corporal Stripes.
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The paperwork all refer to 44550 Serjeant THOMAS NELSON of the MACHINE GUN CORPS.
Thomas was born in 1896 in DUKINFIELD, CHESHIRE and at the time of his Enlistment into the Army on 8th April 1915 he was living in NEWTON MOOR, HYDE and was working as a Cotton Operative for The Hyde Spinning Co Ltd
He originally joined as Private 24068 with the DURHAM LIGHT INFANTRY. He served with the 4th ( EXTRA RESERVE ) Battalion based at SEAHAM.
He was transferred to the MGC on 25th July 1916 and went overseas, joining the BEF on 6th August 1916
He served with 1st Company MGC and was made Corporal on 24th December 1917 and Serjeant in the by now 1st Battalion MGC on 20th April 1918.
Thomas was WOUNDED at Duty on 22nd April 1918.
Thomas was awarded the DISTINGUISHED CONDUCT MEDAL , Gazetted Feb 1919 & Jan 1920.
His Citation Reads :-
" For cool courage and ability, South of CATILLON, on 30th October 1918, he went forward with his section officer and an orderly to reconnoitre gun positions for the attack. The officer was severely wounded, and he dressed his wounds under continuous fire. After he and the orderly had carried their officer to a stretcher, he continued the reconnaissance himself nd placed his guns in excellent positions. "
Thomas returned to the UK on 13th January 1919 and was discharged to Army Reserves Class Z on 12th February 1919
PLEASE NOTE that the paperwork and Service History refer t o him as THOMAS NELSON but Census, birth details etc show his full name to be THOMAS WHITHAM NELSON
Thomas died on 12th July 1964 aged 67
Very interesting items worthy of much more research.
Paperwork comes with copy pages of his Medal Index Card, Burnt Records, London Gazette Details etc
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