BRITISH WAR AND VICTORY MEDALS ‘22239 PTE. J. MCCREA. R. LANC. R.’ (SERVICE NUMBER CORRECTED ON B.W.M.), INDIA GENERAL SERVICE 1908-35, CLASP, MALABAR 1921-22 ‘394068 TPR. J. MCCREA., THE BAYS.’, DEFENCE AND WAR MEDALS, UNNAMED; JUBILEE 1935 ‘NO. 394068 TPR. J. MCCREA, THE QUEENS BAYS’, ARMY L.S. & G.C., G.V.R., 3RD ISSUE, REGULAR ARMY ‘394068 TPR. J. MCCREA. THE BAYS); ARMY MERITORIOUS SERVICE MEDAL, G.VI.R., 2ND ISSUE (394068 SJT. . J. MCCREA. THE BAYS)
James Alexander McCrea was born in Lisburn, Ireland on 13 July 1897 and enlisted into the Kin’s Own Royal Lancashire Regiment on 28 February 1916. He joined the B.E.F. in France on 3 March 1917, serving with 3rd Battalion from 22 March 1917. Wounded in action (GS wound to back), during his service in France, he was demobilized on 14 October 1919. Reenlisting into the 6th Dragoons on 25 March 1920, he was posted to the Queen’s Bays on 21 February 1921. Serving in India (inc Malabar) from the latter date, he returned home in January 1927. Promoted Corporal on 3 December 1938, he served at the Cavalry Depot, Catterick, before transferring to the Royal Armoured Corps W.E.F. and 51st Training Regiment (Light Tanks), on 2 September 1939. Appointed Acting L/Sergeant on 29 January 1940, he was transferred to Class Z Reserve on 2 September 1945.
Condition mounted as worn, contact marks from wear, generally NVF and better. Attractively mounted on display boards with name plate; 1st along with 3 Cap badges. Sold with a fair quantity of copied research including service records and medal rolls.