A Boer War, Great War Royal Flying Corps Royal Air Force Group of 5 awarded to Private/ Corporal Willaim Herbert Beverton, 10th Hussars, RFC, RAF, comprising Queen’s South Africa Medal, 5 clasps, Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Johannesburg, Diamond Hill, Belfast (4432 Pte W.H. Beverton, 10th Hussars.) impressed Naming, King’s South Africa Medal, two clasps, South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902, (4432 Pte W.H. Beverton, 10th Hussars) impressed naming, 1914-15 Star, (12230 Cpl W.H. Beverton 10-Hrs.), 1914-1920 British War and Victory Medals, (302540 Cpl. W.H. Beverton. R.A.F.), contemporarily mounted for wear, very fine, housed in a glazed frame.
William Hebert Beverton was born in 1873 in Brixton, London, the son of William and Mary Beverton of Lambeth.
On the 16th April 1891 William enlisted into the 20th Hussars in London, described as 18 years old, 5 feet 6 inches with a fresh complexion.
His service papers show that on the 7th November 1891 he was absent without leave and was confined until the 12th November 1891, and on the 16th November he was convicted and imprisoned for 14 days. By 1895 he had mended his ways and was awarded Good Conduct Pay which was increased in 1897. On the 31st December 1898 he left the Army and transferred to the Reserve, he was re-called to the Colours on the 18th January 1900 to the 10th Hussars to serve in South Africa. William served in South Africa from the 11th March 1900 until the 26th July 1902, William returned Home from July 1902 until the 11th March 1903 when he was posted to India; he served with the 10th Hussars in India from March 1903 until March 1909. On his return home he transferred to the 18th Hussars for a further 3 years until he was discharged on the 25th July 1912 on completion of his second period of engagement. On the 20th August 1914 he was recalled, or possibly volunteered, re-joining his old Regiment the 10th Hussars proceeding to France as a Corporal with the 10th Hussars on the 18th May 1915. He returned to the UK on the 26th April 1917 when he transferred to the Royal Flying Corps and was posted to Egypt until the 30th April 1919 having transferred to the Royal Air Force on the 1st April 1918. He was finally discharged from the RAF on the 30th April 1920; ending a military career that had spanned some 30 years, from the horse to fighter aircraft!
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