Offered is a an original set of medals for Boer War & First World War service, as awarded to Sub Lieutenant Alfred Bowles, Royal Naval Reserve, Late 2nd Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers.
Medals include the following awards: Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, 3 clasps, Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal, impressed named to 8973 PTE. A. BOWLES, NORTH’D: FUS:; 1914-15 Star, impressed named to EA. 396, A. BOWLES. E.R.A., R.N.R.; British War and Victory Medals, impressed named to ENG. S. LT. A. BOWLES. R.N.R. & Royal Naval Reserve L.S. & G.C., G.V.R., 2nd issue, fixed suspension, impressed named to ENGR. SUB. LT. A. BOWLES. R.N.R.; swing mounted as worn.
Alfred Bowles was born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, in 1881. A fitter and Turner by trade, in which capacity he would dutifully serve during the First World War. He attested for service in South Africa with the Northumberland Fusiliers at the city of his birth, in February 1901. Bowles served with the 2nd Battalion (Volunteer Service Company ) during the Second Boer War, and was discharged 8 July 1902. He served during the Great War, initially as an Engine Room Artificer, with the Royal Naval Reserve, and advanced to Engineering Sub Lieutenant (awarded R.N.R. L.S. & G.C. 27 September 1920). An interesting group, considering Lieutenant Bowles served in both the British Army & Royal Navy in two wars.
*The 1914–15 Star was approved in 1918, for issue to officers and men of British and Imperial forces who served in any theatre of the War between 5 August 1914 and 31 December 1915 (other than those who had already qualified for the 1914 Star).
*The British war Medal was approved in 1919, for issue to officers and men of British and Imperial forces who had rendered service between 5 August 1914 and 11 November 1918. Officers and men of the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, and Dominion and Colonial naval forces (including reserves) were required to have completed 28 days mobilised service – the medal was automatically awarded in the event of death on active service before the completion of this period. The medal was later extended to cover the period 1919–20 and service in mine-clearing at sea as well as participation in operations in North and South Russia, the eastern Baltic, Siberia, the Black Sea, and the Caspian.
*The Victory Medal (also called the Inter-Allied Victory Medal) is a campaign medal – of which the basic design and ribbon was adopted by Belgium, Brazil, Cuba, Czechoslovakia, France, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Romania, Siam, Union of South Africa and the USA in accordance with decisions as taken at the Inter-Allied Peace Conference at Versailles as illustrated (a ‘Winged Victory) but in a particular form of this historic Greek monument as determined by each nation, with the exception of the nations in the Far East who issued the medal but with a different design. The dates of the war were in every case 1914 to 1918, except that of the British Empire, which gave the dates as illustrated (1914 to 1919 with 1921 being the year in which the war ended in point of Parliamentary law but in 1919 under common law relating to the status and functions of the monarchy).
||30 x 20 x 10 cm