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Auction: 18002 - Orders, Decorations and Medals
Lot: 493

A Great War M.M. group of four awarded to Sergeant A. E. Ainsworth, 10th (Service) Battalion, Essex Regiment, likely an award for services during the Battle of the Somme

Military Medal, G.V.R. (13421 Sjt. A. E. Ainsworth. Essex R.); 1914-15 Star (13421 Cpl. A. E. Ainsworth, Essex R.); British War and Victory Medals (13421 Sjt. A. E. Ainsworth, Essex R.), mounted as worn, light contact marks, very fine (4)

M.M. London Gazette 10 November 1916.

Alfred Ernest Ainsworth served with the Essex Regiment in France from 25 July 1915. The 10th Battalion were heavily engaged from 7.30a.m. on 1 July 1916, moving forward from Carnoy to attack south-west of Montauban. Battalion historians Lieutenant-Colonel T. M. Banks and Captain R. A. Chell noted that '…the blowing of Casino Point mine filled the air with debris, injuring some of the men'.

They then assaulted Pommiers Redoubt and moved forward into Caterpillar Wood. Rested at the casualty clearing station at Bronfay farm on 7 July, the Battalion was back in action at Delville Wood on 19-21 July and then served at Thiepval in late September, fighting on the eastern side of the village and occupying Zollern trench. Ainsworth was later transferred to the Depot and was entitled to the Silver War Badge.

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