1914-15 Star Trio, Army Long Service and Good Conduct, Army Meritorious Service Medal, Imperial Russia, St George Medal for Bravery, 2nd Class, Gold, Quartermaster Sergeant H.W. Adams, Royal Garrison Artillery.
Only 154 awards in total of the St George Medal for Bravery, 2nd Class in Gold, to the British Army during WW1, announced in the London Gazette, 15th February 1917
Harry William Adams, was born into the Royal Artillery at the Artillery Barracks in Woolwich during 1881, the son of serving Battery Sergeant Major of the District Staff, Edwin Adams and Mary Ann Adams.
His father Edwin had himself joined the Royal Artillery during 1872, at the young age of only 13.
Just like his father, having grown up with the Royal Artillery, travelling where his father was serving, he enlisted at the age of 14 in Malta on 10th May 1895.
By 2nd May 1905, he re-engaged to complete his 21 years of service.
By the 1911 Census he was serving overseas with the Royal Artillery, stationed in Port Royal, Jamaica.
Once again on 9th may 1917, having finished his 21 years, he chose to continue his service.
He was still serving when he died aged only 44 on 11th December 1925, at the Fever Hospital in Stockwell, he had made it past 30 years of service with the Royal Artillery for someone who was only 44.
1914-15 Star impressed: “9623 Q. M. Sjt. H. W. Adams. R.G.A.”
WW1 Pair impressed: “9623 W. O. CL 1. H. W. Adams. R. A.”
Army LSGC impressed: “9623 Q.M. Sjt: H. W. Adams. R.G.A.”
Army MSM impressed: “9623 Q.M. Sjt. (A. C.) H. W. Adams. R.A.”
Russian Medal of St George is unnamed but officially numbered on the reverse: “No 22109”
Medals were mounted circa 1920, but are in excellent toned condition as he died soon afterwards, the LSGC and MSM are loose on the ribbons, but we have left them as worn almost 100 years ago.