Army Long Service and Good Conduct, bar Regular Army, GVI, 310809 Sjt J.H. Lake, R.A.C.
Joseph Henry Lake was born during April 1896 in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire.
He lived with his parents, French Polisher John Lake and mother Matilda Lake until about the age of 10 when his parents both died a few months apart and he moved in with his Uncle Robert Martin in Chorleywood.
He was first a Clerk before joining the 1st Battalion, Hertfordshire Regiment on 5th August 1914. After transferring to the 4th Battalion Essex Regiment he saw active service overseas and was awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.
Being demobilised on 9th march 1919, he went back to life as a Clerk, before reenlisting for the 17th/21st Lancers on 22nd July 1924, aged 28.
He transferred to the 9th Lancers and in 1939 was a Sergeant with the 53rd Training Regiment, on 21st December 1939 he was posted to the 4th County of London Yeomanry, where he remained until being posted to the 57th Training Regiment on 14th August 1941.
After his transfer he was posted to the 6th intelligence School on 1st October 1941 until 7th January 1943 when he was posted to the 61st Training Regiment.
After being awarded this Long Service and Good Conduct Medal in 1943, he was discharged as a Sergeant, his full medal entitlement being, British War and Victory Medal, Defence Medal, 1939-45 War Medal.
He died shortly afterwards in Leicester aged 51 during 1947.