Four: Acting Regimental Sergeant Major G. H. Harley, Oxfordshire Light Infantry
Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, 4 clasps, Relief of Kimberley, Paardeberg, Driefontein, Transvaal, unofficial rivets between top two clasps (3201 Sgt, G. H. Harley, Oxford Lt Inf); King’s South Africa 1901-02, 2 clasps, South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902 (3201 Sergt: G. Harley Oxford: L.I.); British War Medal 1914-20 (9289 A.W.O. Cl. 1. G. H. Harley. Oxf. & Bucks. L.I.); Imperial Service Medal, G.V.R., Circular issue, 2nd ‘Coronation robes’ issue, in box of issue, first three mounted for wear, the BWM a somewhat later issue,
condition contact marks, very fine
Pair: Private G. J. Harley, Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry
British War and Victory Medals (37834 Pte. G. J. Harley. D. of Corn. L.I.)
Condition very fine
I.S.M. London Gazette, 23 September 1932, Head Porter, London Postal Section.
George Henry Harley was born in Bermondsey, Surrey in 1870. He attested into the Oxfordshire Light Infantry on 7 June 1889, and was appointed Corporal on 1 May 1896. Transferring to the Army Reserve on 5 February 1897, he was recalled to the Colours and served in South Africa with the 1st Battalion during the Boer War. Advanced Sergeant on 4 April 1900, he was discharged ‘having been found medically unfit for further service’ on 6 June 1902. He re-enlisted into his old regiment on 11 September 1914 for service during the Great War, and served at Home on training duties. He was appointed Acting Regimental Sergeant Major on 16 September 1918, before reverting to the permanent rank of Company Sergeant Major. Post-War, he returned to his employment as a porter with the Post Office. His British War Medal (his sole Great War entitlement) was issued in 1934.
George James Harley, son of the above, attested into the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry for service during the Great War.
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