Defence Medal, War Medal, Naval Long Service and Good Conduct (GV), Royal Marines Meritorious Service Medal (GVI), Quarter Master Sergeant Frederick William Joseph Harding, Royal Marines.
A rare and interesting long service group to a veteran of both World Wars, who first served throughout WW1 as an underage Bugler in the R.M.A. he went on to serve for 35 years.
He was born on 24th June 1901 in Lanaport, Portsmouth.
He enlisted with the Royal Marines on 10th march 1915, aged 13 Years and 8 months old, standing 5 Foot tall.
Upon the outbreak of the war he was appointed Bugler with the Royal Marine Artillery as of 10th march 1915, embarking for service on 1st January 1916.
Upon coming of age he was made Gunner 2nd Class, then Gunner and then a Marine by 1923 whilst serving aboard HMS Iron Duke.
Promoted Corporal 1925. Promoted Sergeant 1931. Promoted Colour Sergeant 1935.
Then promoted to Quarter Master Sergeant with the Portsmouth Division as of 13th march 1936, where he served until his discharge and during WW2 including a period with 19th battalion RMA on HMS Prosperine at the beginning of 1945.
With copy service record