Great War 1914 Old Contemptible and King’s Company Ypres Salient 3rd July 1916 Casualty trio awarded to Guardman W.H. Tetlow, 1st Battalion, Grenadier Guards, who won 3rd Prize in the Brigade of Guards Burton’s Court Obstacle Race on 16th July 1904, and t

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Great War 1914 Old Contemptible and King’s Company Ypres Salient 3rd July 1916 Casualty trio awarded to Guardman W.H. Tetlow, 1st Battalion, Grenadier Guards, who won 3rd Prize in the Brigade of Guards Burton’s Court Obstacle Race on 16th July 1904, and then during the Great War was present out on the Western Front from 8th November 1914, and on 28th May 1915 was admitted to No.12 Stationary Hospital, having quite possibly been wounded. Tetlow was serving the Ypres Salient when he was killed in action on 3rd July 1916 when serving with the King’s Company, the position was so heavily bombarded that the parapet of the trench and the signal dug-out were blown in. The Company Sergeant Major, two sergeants, three signallers, and four men were completely buried under the debris, but the remainder of the Company at once set to work to rescue as many as possible under a heavy a shell and machine-gun fire. Owing to the energetic manner in which the rescue party worked, one sergeant and three men were brought out alive, but the others were all dead.

1914 Star, bar 5th Aug-22nd Nov (11337 PTE W.H. TETLOW. 1/G.GDS.); British War Medal and Victory Medal; (11337 PTE. W.H. TETLOW. G.GDS.) Together with a Brigade of Guards Athletic Meeting Prize Medallion in Bronze, reverse engraved: ‘Burton’s Court July 16th: 1904 3rd: Prize Obstacle Race Pte: W.H. Tetlow’.

William Herbert Tetlow was born in Askam, Lancashire, but enlisted at London and then saw service pre-war, possibly briefly with the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, but as a Guardsman (No.11337) with the Grenadier Guards, then won 3rd Prize in the Brigade of Guards Burton’s Court Obstacle Race on 16th July 1904. With the outbreak of the Great War, Tetlow saw service out on the Western Front with the British Expeditionary Force from 8th November 1914, and on 28th May 1915 was admitted to No.12 Stationary Hospital, having quite possibly been wounded. Tetlow was serving the Ypres Salient when he was killed in action on 3rd July 1916. The King’s Company had gone back into the line on 1st July 1916 and on the 3rd July the King’s Company was so heavily bombarded that the parapet of the trench and the signal dug-out were blown in. The Company Sergeant Major, two sergeants, three signallers, and four men were completely buried under the debris, but the remainder of the Company at once set to work to rescue as many as possible under a heavy a shell and machine-gun fire. Owing to the energetic manner in which the rescue party worked.. one sergeant and three men were brought out alive, but the others were all dead. Tetlow was one of those who were killed however, and he is buried in La Brique Military Cemetery No.2. Good very fine