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Auction: 24001 - Orders, Decorations and Medals
Lot: 95

(x) Ten: Colonel W. L. A. Fedden, Royal Indian Army Service Corps, late Royal Flying Corps and Royal Army Service Corps

1914-15 Star (1531 2. A-M. W. L. A. Fedden. R.F.C.); British War and Victory Medals (Capt. W. L. A. Fedden.); India General Service 1908-35, 1 clasp, North West Frontier 1935 (Major W. L. A. fedden, R.I.A.S.C.); India General Service 1936-39, 1 clasp, North West Frontier 1936-37 (Major W. L. A. Fedden. R.I.A.S.C.); 1939-45 Star; Africa Star; Defence and War Medals 1939-45; Serbia, Kingdom, Order of the White Eagle, Military Division 5th Class breast Badge with Swords, silver-gilt, silver and enamel, mounted as worn, enamel damage to the last, otherwise very fine (10)

Serbian Order of the White Eagle London Gazette 26 February 1920.

William Leslie Agnew Fedden was born at Keynsham, Somerset, on 11 July 1891, and was educated at the King's School, Bruton, Somerset. He joined the Royal Flying Corps and served as a 1st Air Mechanic and saw service in France from 3 March 1915. He was commissioned Second Lieutenant 19 April 1915 into the Army Service Corps and served with the 1st and 4th Bridging Train which was later Redesignated 4th Pontoon park. He was invalided Home on the 29 September 1916 before being sent to Salonika on 5 August 1917 with 881 Motor Transport Company. He remained in Salonika until 28 June 1919 when he is transferred to Constantinople before finally returning Home on 6 November 1919 and was Demobilized on 2 December 1919.

Fedden however rejoined on a Permanent Commission to the Royal Army Service Corps on 20 September 1920, he saw service in Woolwich, Aldershot and Portsmouth before he was posted to the Base M.T. Workshops at Charlala, India from 7 March 1922. He transferred to the Indian Army into the Royal Indian Army Service Corps on 6 January 1928. Promoted to Captain on 19 October 1928 and to Major on 27 October 1934. He was posted to the Indian Army Ordnance Corps and then transferred to the Indian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers on the formation of the Corps on 23 September 1939.

His obituary states that he served in North Africa between 1940-42 taking part in every operation from Sidi Barani in the Western Desert to Keren in Eritrea, and from Sidi Omar to Bengazi and back.

After serving in North Africa he returned to India and was made Commandant of the 6th Independent Base Wokshops on 22 November 1944 with the rank of Temporary Colonel. He returned to India to take up a staff appointment with Southern Command in Bombay and Poona and finally commanded the Indian Base Workshops, Eastern Command, from 1944, eventually retiring with the Honorary Rank of Colonel on 20 May 1947. Fedden was a Freemason and was a member of the Khyber Lodge at Peshawar and the Lodge of Honour, Bath. He additionally served as a member of the Wells Rural Council for 10 years.

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