Company Quarter Master Sergeant W Addison Royal Army Service Corps
The Man Little detail is known about W Addison except that he enlisted into the regular Army, Royal Army Service Corps as a Driver prior to World War II with service number T/45405. He served in Egypt and Palestine with the 31st, 19th and 14th Companies RASC between 6th January 1934 and 5th October 1937 and was awarded the General Service Medal with clasp ‘Palestine’. He served during World War II and was awarded the 1939-45 Star, Defence Medal and War Medal 1939-45. He remained in the Army following the war and saw action in Malaya Campaign receiving a second clasp to his GSM and later in Kenya during the Mau Mau uprising between 1952 and 56 and awarded the Africa General Service Medal with clasp ‘Kenya’. W Addison was also awarded the Army Long Service & Good Conduct Medal representing 18 years service, by which time he had been promoted to Colour Quartermaster Sergeant. No further detail is currently known about W Addison, a long serving soldier and veteran of four campaigns.
The Story The group of medals awarded to W Addison were acquired from a Numismatist in Warwick Antique Centre on 11th May 2015, having initially been seen two days before on 9th. They were of immediate interest for a number of reasons. The double clasped General Service Medal, the inclusion of an Africa General Service Medal, the service number and Corps remained the same throughout W Addison’s career and the fact he had seen campaign service been and awarded medals before, during and after World War II. It was also good to have a Long Service Medal included in the group. Sadly no detail can be found about W Addison as there are so many on Ancestry.UK and it is not known where he lived. Nevertheless an interesting and hard earned group of campaign medals awarded to a long serving soldier.
Click on below links to read about each of the Campaigns clasps for W Addison's General Service and Africa General Service Medals.
- General Service Medal: T/45405. DVR. W.ADDISON. R.A.S.C.
- 1939-45 Star: Unnamed as issued.
- Defence Medal: Unnamed as issued.
- War Medal 1939-45: Unnamed as issued.
- Africa General Service Medal: T/45405.SGT .W.ADDISON. R.A.S.C.
- Army Long Service & Good Conduct Medal: T/45405 C.Q.M.S. W.ADDISON. R.A.S.C.
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