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Tank Corps / Heavy Brigade MGC Trio WWI

Fantastic large grouping to one man in the Tank Corps in original as found condition.


Included with purchase are:
3 medals named to: Francis J. Lay, including the Victory Medal (Tank Corps), British War Medal (Tank Corps) and Long Service Constabulary Medal (name only no TC).

2 original named Medal boxes. Victory box =Tank Corps, BWM box = Bucks

1 1911 Coronation Medal George V & Queen Mary
1 very clean and original Cap Badge named to Lay on the reverse slider.
1 T.C. (Tank Corps) collar dog with pin
1 H (Heavy Branch) collar dog with pin
2 M.G.C. (Machine Gun Corps) collar dogs with pin
2 Identity disks to 91521 F.J. Lay "H" Brigade M.G.C.
1 soiled cloth sleeve Tank Badge patch with moth damage and signs of age.
1 Enfield oiler, hand named to Lay
1 Match book holder trench art from German buckle (damaged)
1 enamelled M.G.C. blazer pin (sweetheart style)
1 large deactivated bullet of .577 Snider calibre.
1 addressed envelope and letter (On His Majesty's Service) to above dated 1953
sent by the Ministry of Agriculture but showing Francis J. Lay survived both Wars.

Rare original 'Branch' letter badge for the Machine Gun Corps 'Heavy' branch, which was the fledgling Tank Corps. The Heavy Branch was formed in November 1916 and was itself the successor of the Heavy Section Machine Gun Corps formed in March 1916.

The Heavy branch went on to become the Tank Corps in July 1917. Men of this branch crewed the first tanks in action at Flers, during the battle of the Somme. This brass letter "H" was worn below the MGC shoulder titles. They were only in use for a relatively short period and surviving examples are scarce.

Selling as un-researched. Medal card is available for purchase online if desired.


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