Auction: 18002 - Orders, Decorations and Medals
An impressive M.S.M. group of eight to Warrant Officer 1st Class W. C. Withers, Royal Scots Fusiliers, late Worcester Regiment, a long served Bandmaster and renowned march composer
British War and Victory Medals (13232 Pte. W. C. Withers, Worc R.); General Service 1918-62, 1 clasp, Palestine (5239500 W. O. Cl.1. W. C. Withers. R. S. Fus.); Defence and War Medals 1939-45; Coronation 1937; Army L.S. & G.C. (5239500 W. O. Cl.1. W. C. Withers, R. S. Fus.); Army Meritorious Service Medal, G.VI.R. (5239500 W. O. Cl.1. W. C. Withers, R. S. Fus.), mounted as worn, light contact marks, the naming to the Great War awards feint, otherwise nearly very fine (8)
William Charles Withers served as Bandmaster to the 1st Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers, from 1923-38 and the 2nd Battalion from 1938-39. He took over from William Gidney who had taken the 1st Battalion Band through the war years (http://military-bands.co.uk/rscots.html, refers).
An extremely talented musician and Associate of the Royal College of Music, 'Bill' Withers was well known in military circles as a march composer, though his tendency to sell off his works to less able writers meant that his name was less familiar to the general public. In later years, he was employed as senior instrument storeman at Kneller Hall, but made his reputation in the glory days between the wars, playing summer seasons in seaside resorts and parks.
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