Great War Old Contemptible and Distinguished Conduct Medal recipient’s 1914 trio awarded to Sergeant E.J. Austin, 2nd Battalion, Grenadier Guards, who was present out on the Western Front from 13th August 1914, and was awarded the Distinguished Co...

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Great War Old Contemptible and Distinguished Conduct Medal recipient’s 1914 trio awarded to Sergeant E.J. Austin, 2nd Battalion, Grenadier Guards, who was present out on the Western Front from 13th August 1914, and was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal in June 1915 for his ‘excellent work throughout the campaign as a Signaller, repairing wires under heavy fire and showing great energy and devotion to duty on all occasions’. Having claimed the Clasp and Roses with his 1914 Star on 8th June 1920, he was subsequently issued a late claim/issue pair of the British War Medal and Victory Medal, with the style of impressed naming detailing the post nominals for the ‘D.C.M’ gaining special comment and a picture in Howard Williamson’s book ‘The Collector and Researchers Guide to the Great War’, Volume 1, page 41.

1914 Star; (14231 SGT. E.J. AUSTIN. GREN.GDS.); British War Medal and Victory Medal; (14231 SGT. E.J. AUSTIN. D.C.M. GREN.GDS.), last two both late issues and this is specifically recorded and photographed in Howard Williamson’s book ‘The Collector and Researchers Guide to the Great War’, Volume 1, page 41.

Ernest J. Austin saw service during the Great War as a Guardsman later Sergeant (No.14231) with the 2nd Battalion, Grenadier Guards, being present out on the Western Front from 13th August 1914. Austin was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal in the London Gazette for 23rd June 1915, the citation being published in the London Gazette for 30th June 1915.

The citation reads as follows: ‘For conspicuous gallantry and excellent work throughout the campaign as a Signaller, repairing wires under heavy fire and showing great energy and devotion to duty on all occasions.’

Austin, who claimed the Clasp and Roses with his 1914 Star on 8th June 1920, was subsequently issued a late claim/issue pair of the British War Medal and Victory Medal. The late issue naming of his British War Medal is specifically recorded and photographed in Howard Williamson’s book ‘The Collector and Researchers Guide to the Great War’, Volume 1, page 41. Good Very Fine

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