Great War 1914 Old Contemptible’s, Delhi Durbar 1911 and long service group awarded to Driver J. Skinner, Royal Field Artillery, who was serving with the 12th Battery out in India when he was awarded the Delhi Durbar Medal 1911. Present out on the Western Front with the 12th Battery as a part of the 35th Brigade from October 1914, he was briefly transferred to the Labour Corps for service with the 34th Labour Company between December 1917 and April 1918, but then rejoined his old unit, and continued to re-enlist into the artillery post-war.
1914 Star with slip-on clasp; (45954 DVR: J. SKINNER. R.F.A.); British War Medal and Victory Medal; (45954 DVR. J. SKINNER. R.A.); Delhi Durbar Medal 1911 in Silver; Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, Geo V Fm. bust; (45954 DVR. J. SKINNER. R.F.A.)
John Skinner was born in Brighton, Sussex, and having worked as a labourer, then attested for service with the British Army at Gravesend on 7th February 1907, joining as a Driver (No.45954) the Royal Field Artillery. Posted to the 27th Battery on 9th April 1907, he was then posted out to India from 6th February 1908, having transferred to the 12th Battery. Skinner is confirmed as having been awarded the Delhi Durbar Medal 1911 in Silver. Skinner was posted home from 9th January 1914, and with the outbreak of the Great War, then saw service with the 12th Battery as part of the British Expeditionary Force out on the Western Front from 5th October 1914. Appointed an Acting Bombardier on 14th July 1916, and then promoted to Bombardier on 21st December 1916, he reverted at his own request to Driver on 17th June 1917, and was posted back to the Base Details on 6th December 1917. Skinner then transferred as a Private to the Labour Corps on 11th December 1917, and saw service with the 34th Labour Company, before being posted back to the 12th Battery in the 35th Brigade at a Driver on 16th April 1918, and remaining on service on the Western Front. Skinner was posted home on 27th January 1919, being transferred to the 1st Base Reserve Brigade on 18th February 1919, and discharged to the reserve on 28th March 1919. Having been awarded the Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal in April 1919, he then re-enlisted into the Royal Artillery on 28th July 1919, and remained in service through the 1920’s. medals polished overall, Very fine