UNIQUE SOMERSET LIGHT INFANTRY 3 BAR Geo. V. India General Service Medal & W.W.1. Group of 4 to Sergt. F. Crowther, Som. L.I. late South Lancashire Regt.
1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal all named 14659 Pte. F. Crowther, S. Lanc. R.
India General Service Medal 1908. Geo V, three bars Mahsud 1919-20, Waziristan 1919-21, Waziristan 1921-24. named 5719554 Cpl. F. Crowther, Som. L.I.
With copy Army service papers, 2 x M.I.C's, confirming W.W.1.'s (from 6.9.1915) & I.G.S. Waz. 1919-21, Waz. 1921-24 with medal roll entries for IGS bars including Mahsud 1919-20 all in Somerset Light Infantry & all confirmed on his service papers.
Frederick Crowther was born in Salford, Lancashire a 19 year old Coal Miner, he attested for the South Lancashire Regiment 3rd September 1914 at Caerphilly joining the 9th Battalion, transferring to the Labour Corps 8th December 1917. Serving in France from 6th September 1915, Mediterranean Expeditionary Force (Salonika) 27th October 1915 to 18th December 1918, he was discharged 7th August 1919. Attesting for the Dorset Regiment at Dorchester the next day 8th August 1919, he joined the 1st Battalion and transferred to the 2nd Battalion 4th September 1919, serving in Indiatransferred to 2nd Battalion Somerset Light Infantry, earning all three clasps to his I.G.S. with them.Acting Corporal 1st November 1921. Promoted Sergeant 24th March 1924, he transferred to the Indian Corps of Clerks 1st February 1924. Serving in India until 4th June 1929 till he was discharged.
Unique combination of bars on an IGS (1908) named Somerset Light Infantry. A/Cpl./Sergt. Crowthers bars are on separate pages all titled 2nd Bn. Somerset Light Infantry. The Somerset's as a Regiment are entitled to the Afghan N.W.F. 1919 bar.
Note:- Dorset Regt. Not entitled to these bars.