Lot Archive


№ 624


27 September 1994

Hammer Price:

A rare Mons group of five awarded to Warrant Officer W.P. Parker, Royal Flying Corps and Royal Air Force, who was decorated by the French for gallantry in 1914

1914 MONS STAR (269 11A.M., R.F.C.); BRITISH WAR AND VICTORY MEDALS (269 F. Sgt., R.F.C.); INDIA GENERAL SERVICE 1908-35, 2 clasps, Afghanistan N.W.F. 1919, Waziristan 1919-21 (269 S.M.I., R.A.F.); France, MEDAILLE MILITAIRE, enamel mostly lacking, engraved on the reverse (269, R.F.C. 1914), nearly very fine (5)

The following entry was extracted from 'A Contemptible Little Flying Corps' by J.V. Webb: Born Woolwich 8 June 1889. Enlisted 5 April 1910. Formerly 6648 Lance Corporal A.O.C. (Aldershot) (Stores Branch) when transferred to R.F.C. Royal Aero Club Aviators' Certificate No. 850 on 21 July 1914 as 1.A.M. in a Maurice Farman of C.F.S. at Upavon. As 1.A.M. (Pilot) 2 Squadron went to France 12 August 1914 earning 1914 Star and bar. Awarded French Medaille Militaire as Corporal for Gallantry 21-30 August 1914, gazetted on 9 November 1914. Acting Warrant Officer (Disciplinarian) 1 February 1918 and Acting S.M.1 (paid) in 1918 R.A.F. Muster Roll. Served post-war in Northern India and Afghanistan. The unofficial medal roll for the I.G.S. 1908 to the R.A.F. also shows entitlement to the scarce clasp for Mahsud 1919-20.