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1140 SAPPER CHARLES ERNEST SAMSON, ROYAL ENGINEERS:

British War Medal; Victory Medal 1914-19; Territorial Force War Medal 1914-18 (1140 Spr. RE.) : (CHARLES ERNEST SAMSON - Born in 1896 at New Town, Ashford, Kent, a fitter at the South East Chatham Railway Works when he attested for the Kent Fortress Royal Engineers on 9 July 1914, then being just 17years 5months of age : He served at home but on 18 February 1916 he volunteered to serve overseas and was discharged from 1st.Kent Company Royal Engineers (TF) to serve in France with 497th. Field Company Royal Engineers (TF) (1/3rd.Kent) : In 1917 the Company participated in the Battle of Arras and the Third Battle of Ypres : On the morning of 30 November 1917, when the Germans counterattacked after the Battle of Cambrai, the Company was sleeping in a tunnel at the brewery at Les Rue Vertes after a hard night's work, and was taken by surprise and captured. In all five Officers and eighty-seven men were taken prisoner, the recipient being held at Dulmen POW. camp, at Munster, Germany : He was repatriated and placed on 'Z' Reserve in February 1919 : He returned to his former employment with the railway and continued to reside in Ashford, Kent until his death there in 1969.) : Sold with verification and copy Service Papers : Slight edge nick to first medal but generally GVF - £295