An Early issue Military Medal to a 1916 Prisoner of War awarded to Sergeant John Critchley, 1st Battalion King’s Liverpool Regiment, Military Medal, GVR, (11020 Sjt: J. Critchley. 1/L’Pool R.), lightly toned very fine.
Military Medal London Gazette 14th of September 1916
His Majesty the King has been graciously pleased to award the Military Medal for bravery in the field to the undermentioned:
11010 Sjt. J. Critchley, L’Pool R.
This is a significant Gazette as this a retrospective “non-immediate award” Gazette and carried awards for March to June 1916, with many awards for the Hohenzollern Redoubt. Awards were recommended before the 1st of September 1916. (H. Williamson – The Great War Medal Collectors Companion – Volume 1 Page 405)
Sergeant Critchley is noted in The Times Newspaper Prisoners of War List
The Times Monday the 13th of November 1916
PRISONERS OF WAR
Previously Reported Missing, now Reported Prisoners in German Hands.
Critchley, 11020 Sgt. J.
The Times of Tuesday the 22nd of October 1918:
PRISONERS IN HOLLAND
The following soldiers who were prisoners of war in Germany have arrived in Holland for internment: –
Critchley, 11020 J
Sergeant John Critchley served with the 1st Battalion King’s Liverpool Regiment. He first entered a theatre of operations when he entered France on 16th March 1915. He is entitled to a 1914-15 Star, British War and Victory Medals.
Sold with copy London Gazette entry and copy Medal Index Card.