Queen’s South Africa, 3 bars, King’s South Africa, 2 bars, 10996 Private Arthur Church, Royal Army Service Corps, served 21 years, ex 4th Oxford Militia.
QSA Officially impressed: “10996 DR: A. CHURCH, A.S.C.”
KSA Officially impressed: “10996 Dvr: A. Church. A.S.C.”
Confirmed on the medal rolls, QSA with the nice large early style of naming.
With copy service papers.
QSA Issued from the 29B Company Army Service Corps.
KSA issued from the medal roll of the No 36 Company, A.S.C.
Some light contact marking through wear during his career.
Arthur (Giles) Church served 21 years in the Army since he was 18 years old.
Upon his discharge after 21 years of service, he was described as an “Exemplary” Soldier.
Aged 18, Arthur, born in St Giles, Reading, Berkshire circa 1874, signed on for Army Service with the Army Service Corps on 22nd November 1892.
He had been serving with the 4th Battalion Oxford Militia before signing on for full time service.
He saw the following postings over his long career:
Home, 22nd November 1892 – 5th October 1899
South Africa, 6th October 1899 -15th Sept 1902
Home, 16th September 1902 – 25th August 1905
Gibraltar, 26th Aug 1905 – 3rd October 1910.
Home, 4th October 1910 – 21st Nov 1913.
After leaving the Army he lived in London, where he worked as a Porter for H.M. Stationery Office at Westminster.
With his wife Ellen and children, during 1921.
He died on 25th March 1943, at the Leicestershire County Council P.A. Institution, Enderley House, Harborough.