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105647 PRIVATE 1 : CHARLES KNEVETT, NO.21 BALLOON SECTION : ROYAL AIR FORCE :

Military Medal 'For Bravery in the Field', GVR. (105647 Pte.1 C.Knevitt RAF.) note the slight difference in the spelling of surname; British War Medal; Victory Medal (105647 Pte.1 C.Knevett RAF.) : (CHARLES KNEVETT - Born in Deptford, London, around 1896, a motor driver by trade on the date of enlistment for the Army, 19 October 1916 : Transferred to the Royal Flying Corps from 30 August 1917 and served in France with No.21 Balloon Section and upon it's establishment on 1 April 1918, entered the Royal Air Force : Awarded the Military Medal for Bravery in the Field, announced in London Gazette dated, 8 February 1919, "For gallantry at Rumegies on October 24th 1918. At about 16.00 hours a battery was proceeding along the road and came under heavy fire. Pte. KNEVITT voluntarily assisted to clear the wounded men and the unwounded horses under considerable shell fire. He rendered the utmost assistance and set a fine example of gallantry to all ranks. The rear teams were hit and 5 men and 19 horses became casualties. But for this airman's courage further casualties in men and horses would probably have occurred." : Returned to England 15 March 1919 and subsequently transferred to Royal Air Force Reserve : Address given on Discharge, Castle Street, Ongar, Essex.) : Sold with two original photographs of the recipient in Royal Flying Corps uniform; copy Service Record with medal confirmation; copy Military Medal Recommendation and related research : Only about fifty Military Medals awarded to Royal Air Force personnel : Last sold by 'Dix Noonan Webb' in their auction on 7 March 2007, Lot No.279, as part of "The Roy Bartlett Collection of Awards to the RNAS., RFC. and RAF.", when it attained a hammer price of £2100 : Medals mounted on original silk ribbons : Rare NEF - £2200