AN MBE-QSA-PAIR-LSGC-RVM R HORSE GUARDS GROUP OF MEDALS.
MBE (Military), Queens South Africa Medal with bars Cape Colony- Orange Free State-Diamond Hill and Wittebergen. Named to 199 Cor'l of H F Lewis R H Gds. British war & Victory Medals named to Lieut F Lewis. A Long Service Good Conduct Medal (George V) named to GS-7801 Sjt F Lewis 1/Res R OF Cavalry.
A Medal of the Victorian Order with engraved naming Cor'l of H F Lewis R H Gds.
Frederick Lewis a career soldier who enlisted in the Royal Horse Guards on the 29th March 1890. He served until 1906 when he retired after 16 years service with the Royal Horse Guards. It was during this time he was promoted to the rank of Corporal of Horse, on the 20th December 1898. A rank unique to the Royal Horse Guards. On his enlistment he was 19 years of age and lived at that time in Redditch , Worcestershire.
In 1900 he was re-engaged at Windsor for the Household Cavalry, which as a composite Regiment served in the Boer War. ( In such time he will complete a total of 21 years service) Corporal of Horse 18/3/1900.
In April 1904 he was promoted to Sqdn Q-Master Corporal. The rank he was discharged with in June 1906.
His South African War Medal is confirmed with the bar entitlement, on all medal rolls and copied certificates of service. (Served 293 days in South Africa)
Upon his return to England he was present at Queen Victoria's Funeral as part of the official body. Awarded the Royal Victorian Medal 18/3/1901.
He married Victoria Maud Bull at Knightsbridge in 1900, they had one daughter in 1913 Doris Emily.
In September 1914 he volunteered for service and was posted to the 1st Reserve Regiment of Cavalry.
He was then attached to the Leicestershire Yeomanry, until he was commissioned into the Army Service Corps, with the rank of 2/Lt. The unit with which he served in Salonika until 1919.
He was awarded the MBE in the London Gazette 1st January 1919. Lieut Frederick Lewis RASC.
A copy of his letter written to Col G I Fitzgerald CVO regarding his Long Service Good Conduct Medal and possibility of a pension being due.
Sir, Knowing you have the interest of any old blue at heart I am sure you will pardon the liberty I am taking in writing to you on such a subject.
It is reference to my obtaining a pension and G C medal. I had the honour to serve the whole of my service in the Royal Horse Guards with you. 16 years and 99 days, it has been suggested to me that my claim to pension should start from there.
I have now completed 21 years mobilized service as ref A O attached. I do not think there should difficulty in my obtaining the above. My case is quite similar to Cpl of Horse Daniels who I believe through your influence obtained his.
I tried to rejoin the blues on the outbreak of war, no authority had then been received to take anyone back. I then enlisted in the 1st Cavalry Reserve Regt Aldershot. From them I was att to 2/1st Leicestershire Yeomanry. I received a commission on the 10th October 1916. I have served in Salonica & Palestine
I am now serving in the L C Record Office , Nottingham, asking your advice & assistance.
I have the honour to be your obedient Servant Lieut F Lewis RASC (199)
80 Queens Walk, Nottingham. (5/6/1919)
Sold with a miniature of Lt Lewis and his daughter, his various cloth badges and leather epaulettes. Masonic and other regalia, many photocopied documentation regarding Lt Lewis, is with the lot.
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