A Great War Western Front Final Advance October 1918 Posthumous Military Medal group awarded to Private and Acting Lance Corporal J. Longhurst, Machine Gun Corps, late Wiltshire Regiment, who saw service on the Western Front from 19th January 1915, being then decorated for bravery in the field with the 25th Machine Gun Company, he died in service on 1st November 1918.
Military Medal, Geo V, named to 18070 PTE J. LONGHURST. 25/M.G.C.; 1914-15 Star named to 10887 PTE. J. LONGHURST. WILTS.R. British War Medal and Victory Medal both named to 10887 PTE. J. LONGHURST. WILTS.R. Together with a reproduced copy of the Memorial Scroll named to: ‘Act Cpl James Longhurst Machine Gun Corps’.
James Longhurst was born on 14th May 1894 in Stoke, Surrey, and was baptised at Wonersh St John the Baptist Parish on 1st April 1895, he being the son of Frank and Catherine Longhurst. By 1911 he was still living in Wonersh, aged 16, and working as a domestic gardener. With the outbreak of the Great War, Longhurst then saw service as a Private (No.10887) with the Wiltshire Regiment, serving on the Western Front from 19th January 1915, before transferring as a Private and subsequent Acting Lance Corporal (No.18070) to the Machine Gun Corps, and seeing service with the 25th Machine Gun Company. It was with the 25th Machine Gun Company that Longhurst was awarded the Military Medal for bravery in the field in the London Gazette for 17th June 1919, which indicates an award won during the final advance in France and Flanders in October 1918. This however would be a posthumous award, as Longhurst died in service on the Western Front on 1st November 1918, being buried in St Sever Cemetery Extension at Rouen. (4) Good very fine