THE MOST EXCELLENT ORDER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE, M.B.E. (MILITARY) MEMBER’S 2ND TYPE BREAST BADGE (with original award document), 1914-15 STAR ‘16290 PTE S.J.REGLER R FUS.’ BRITISH WAR AND VICTORY MEDALS ‘16290 W.O CL.2 S.J. REGLER RFUS.’, INDIA GENERAL SERVICE MEDAL, CLASP `WAZIRISTAN 1921-24 `7868407 W.O. CL.II S. J. REGLER R. TANK CORPS` (official correction to `Corps`), DEFENCE AND WAR MEDALS 1939-45, ARMY L.S. & G.C., G.V.R.(CROWNED HEAD) REGULAR ARMY `7868407 W.O. CL. II S. J. REGLER R. TANK C`, MERITORIOUS SERVICE MEDAL, G.VI.R.‘7868407 WO CL II S. J. REGLER. R. TKS`.
M.B.E. London Gazette 1 January 1944; Regimental Sergeant Major Royal Tank Regiment, Royal Armored Corps.
Sydney James Regler was born in London on 22 April 1891 and enlisted into the 8th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers on 31 August 1914. He landed in France with the Royal Fusiliers on the 31 May 1915 and was promoted Corporal on 3 August that year. He transferred to 36th Company, Machine Gun Corps on 1 February 1916 and was promoted Sergeant on 24 April 1916. Posted to ‘C’ Company, Heavy Machine Gun Corps as Acting Warrant Officer II on 21 May 1917 and as Company Sergeant Major 7 days later. On 26 October 1918, he was posted to Tank School (Gunnery) and to 3rd Battalion Tank Corps on 17 April 1920. Transferring to 4th Battalion in July that year, he embarked for India with 7th Armoured Car Company, 21 January 1921. Serving during the Waziristan campaign, he returned home on 21 October 1925, remaining in service with the 3rd and 4th Battalions, Tank Corps, until 30 August 1935, when discharged.
Regler was recalled to service on 28 October 1938, serving as Company Sergeant Major, ‘E’ Section, Royal Tank Corps. Mobilized on 1 September 1939 and posted to 55th Royal Tank Corps Regiment, he was appointed Acting Warrant Officer II on 27 July 1940 and to Regimental Sergeant Major on 12 January 1941. Awarded a certificate for Gallantry Good Service S.E. Command, 25 June 1942 and appointed M.B.E., January 1944, he was finally discharged on 11 October 1946. Awarded the M.S.M. in 1953, he died in Hillingdon, London in 1983.
1939-45 STAR; PACIFIC STAR, DEFENCE AND WAR MEDALS 1939-45.
Sydney James Regler (Jr), aged 14, enlisted as a Boy soldier on 3 May 1933 and after attending the Army Technical; School, was posted to the Royal Engineers on 25 June 1936. Posted to Malaya in 1938, while serving with 35 Fortress Co. Royal Engineers, he was posted missing in Action on 14 February 1942. Subsequently reported a prisoner of War, 1873308 Sapper S. J. Regler, , died in captivity on 12 July 1943, aged 24. He is commemorated in the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery. This is the main prisoner of war cemetery for victims of Japanese imprisonment while building the Burma Railway.
Condition VF, some contact wear to first set. Both attractively mounted on display boards with name plate; 1st along with 3 Cap badges for Tank and Royal Armored Corps, 2nd Royal Engineers badge. Sold with a large amount of copied research including service records for both Wars and both men.