The scarce Great War Western Front Company Sergeant Major’s Military Cross group awarded to Company Sergeant Major sometime Acting Warrant Officer 1st Class W. Powell, King’s Royal Rifle Corps, who originally saw service during the Boer War with t...

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Condition: Light contact wear, about Good very fine
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The scarce Great War Western Front Company Sergeant Major’s Military Cross group awarded to Company Sergeant Major sometime Acting Warrant Officer 1st Class W. Powell, King’s Royal Rifle Corps, who originally saw service during the Boer War with the 4th Battalion, and then as a Sergeant saw service out on the Western Front from May 1915. As a Warrant Officer 2nd Class and Company Sergeant Major, Powell was one of a very small number of Warrant Officer’s to win the Military Cross, his award being granted in the New Years Honours List as published in the London Gazette for 1st January 1918. Powell was himself severely wounded in action at Hermies on 22nd March 1918, being wounded in an action in which Sergeant Harold Jackson, 7th Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment, won the Victoria Cross. As a result of his wound, Powell had his right leg amputated. Both Powell and Jackson would subsequently be photographed attending the same investiture.

Military Cross, GRI cypher; Queen’s South Africa Medal, two clasps: Cape Colony, South Africa 1902; (3188 PTE. W. POWELL. K.R.R.C.); 1914-15 Star; (3188 SJT. W. POWELL. K.R.RIF:C.); British War Medal and Victory Medal; (3188 A.W.O.CL.1. W. POWELL. K.R.RIF.C.),

Together with the following: Newspaper cutting detailing the investiture in which Powell was presented with the Military Cross, one one image shows Powell wearing his recently pinned on Military Cross, whilst supported on crutches, with his left leg amputated, the other shows Sergeant Harold Jackson, 7th Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment, who won the Victoria Cross on the same day that Powell was severely wounded in action, this being at Hermies on 22nd March 1918. Memorial Service Pamphlet for The King’s Royal Rifle Crops Memorial Service of 15th July 1916. Card bound, 32 pages. Winchester Rifle Depot Christmas Card for 1916, as issued by members of the Sergeants’ Mess Rifle Depot.

William Powell was born in 1881 and having attested on 15th October 1900, then saw service as a Rifleman (No.3188) with the 4th Battalion, King’s Royal Rifle Corps, and was present out in South Africa during the Boer War on operations in the Cape Colony during 1902. Powell then saw service during the Great War initially as a Sergeant and later as an Acting Warrant Officer 1st Class with the King’s Royal Rifle Corps, being present out on the Western Front from 19th May 1915. As a Warrant Officer 2nd Class and Company Sergeant Major, Powell was one of a very small number of Warrant Officer’s to win the Military Cross, his award being granted in the New Years Honours List as published in the London Gazette for 1st January 1918. In all only 781 Warrant Officer’s received the Military Cross out of a total of 23,081 awards made during the Great War. Powell was severely wounded in action at Hermies on 22nd March 1918, being wounded in an action in which Sergeant Harold Jackson, 7th Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment, won the Victoria Cross. As a result of his wound, Powell had his right leg amputated. Powell who was then appointed to Acting Warrant Officer 1st Class, would go on to attend the same award investiture as Harold Jackson, and both men would be photographed in the same newspaper cutting taken of the event, the images of the recipient’s being side by side, with Jackson shown shaking the hand of Sir Ernest Wild, whilst Powell is shown wearing his recently pinned on Military Cross, whilst supported on crutches. Powell was discharged due to wounds on 26th July 1918, and awarded the Silver War Badge. mounted swing style for wear.