Albert Medal, Bronze, for Saving Life on Land, Lieutenant Arthur Richard Waddams, Indian Army Reserve of Officers, a Posthumous Award.
He was born in Gloucester during 1892, previously a Banker’s Clerk before joining the army.
His Albert Medal was awarded in the L.G. of 30th August 1918, he died of his fatal wounds on 22nd November 1917 aged 26.
“In Mesopotamia, in November last, Lieutenant Waddams was instructing a class in firing rifle grenades.
While a private of the 85th Burmans was under instruction, the rifle missed fire and the detonator of the grenade started working without the grenade leaving the rifle.
Lieutenant Waddams, realising the danger, rushed forward, and, pushing back the soldier, sized his rifle with one hand and the grenade with the other, and tried to throw it over the wall before it exploded in his hand and he received fatal injuries.
The soldier whose life Lieutenant Waddams saved was only slightly injured.”
Medal in original embossed case of issue, mint condition