WWI BRITISH VICTORY MEDAL - FIRST DAY SOMME CASUALTY - KIA - 01/07/1916

WWI BRITISH VICTORY MEDAL - FIRST DAY SOMME CASUALTY - KIA - 01/07/1916

NEF condition, dull issue, on original ribbon, correctly named/impressed;

GS-7616. PTE. J. R. LOWNDES. R. FUS

Victory Medal to Private John Roland Lowndes, 11th Battalion Royal Fusiliers a former Plate hand from West Green, North London. Killed in action 1st July 1916 the First day of the Somme offensive aged 21 years. The 11th Battalion led the attack with 7th Bedfords up the southern face of Mametz Spur storming Pommiers Trench and would later in the day be involved in fierce hand to hand fighting at Maple Trench, and the capture of Pommiers Redoubt, Beetle Alley and While Trench sustaining 222 casualties (53 killed).

With copy casualty details, census details, copy Medal Index Card confirming entitlement to a 1914/15 star trio.

John Roland Lowndes was born in West Gorton, Lancashire, in the first quarter of 1895, the 1911 census records he is a 16 year old player hand residing at 89 Carlingford Rd, West Green, N London, with his father John, mother Mary and younger sister Mabel. John went with the 11th Battalion to France 26 July 1915. Killed in action 1st July 1916 the first day of the Somme offensive in his Battalions successful attack towards Mametz Wood.

1st July 1916 from the Commanding Officer's report
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