1914 MONS STAR ‘269 11A.M., R.F.C.’, BRITISH WAR AND VICTORY MEDALS ‘269 F. SGT., R.F.C.’, INDIA GENERAL SERVICE 1908-35, 2 CLASPS, AFGHANISTAN N.W.F. 1919, WAZIRISTAN 1919-21 ‘269 S.M.I., R.A.F.’ FRANCE, MEDAILLE MILITAIRE, ENGRAVED ON THE REVERSE ‘269, R.F.C. 1914’
French Medal Militaire London Gazette 9 November 1914 - 1st Class Air-Mechanic W. P. Parker.
‘Flight International Magazine’ dated 13 November 1914 notes the following regarding the 14 R.F.C. awards, :
“FRENCH HONOURS FOR THE R.F.C. An Army Order issued on Saturday states that the President of the French Republic had bestowed the French Military Medal for Conspicuous Service in the Field, equivalent to the British Medal for Distinguished Conduct, on the under mentioned warrant officers, non-commissioned officers, and mechanics of the Royal Flying Corps (Military Wing), with the approval of His Majesty the King, in recognition of their gallantry during the operations between August 21st and 30th”
The following entry for Sergeant Major William Percy Parker was extracted from 'A Contemptible Little Flying Corps' by J.V. Webb:
“Born Woolwich 8 June 1889. Enlisted 5 April 1910. Formerly 6648 Lance Corporal A.O.C. (Aldershot) (Stores Branch) when transferred to R.F.C. Royal Aero Club Aviators' Certificate No. 850 on 21 July 1914 as 1.A.M. in a Maurice Farman of C.F.S. at Upavon. As 1.A.M. (Pilot) 2 Squadron went to France 12 August 1914 earning 1914 Star ……………………………..
Condition VF, some contact wear, French award less so, with enamel mostly lacking. Sold with copy research including copy and original newspaper clippings on Parker’s service. Copy R.A.F. Service papers, MIC and medal rolls, LG and other research.
‘Royal Flying Corps Kitbag Aircrew Uniforms & Equipment from the War Over the Western Front in WWI’ by Mark Hillier contains photos of surviving items of Parker’s flying kit.
Ex DNW 1994 and has not been on the market since. The combination of British medals to an original member of the Royal Flying Corps is very scarce in its own right but additionally, this is a very rare early gallantry group.