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A scarce Essex interest 'Home Guard', distinguished 'Home Front' war service medal pair: Quarter Master Sergeant Edwards, 9th (Mistley) Battalion, Essex Home Guard

- British Empire Medal (Military). GVI first issue (C.Q.M.S. William Edwards. H.G.)
- Defence Medal

Important: B.E.M. confirmed published in London Gazette issue of 15 December 1944, and one of only an estimated 408 x B.E.M's (Military Division) awarded to the Home Guard for services during the Second World War

Note: By the time the Home Guard was 'Stood Down' on 3 December 1944, it is estimated that 1.5 million men had served with the Home Guard during the Second World War of which 1,206 'All-Ranks' were killed-in-action, or, died-of-wounds, due to enemy action, including bombing and strraffing (reference the UK Central Statistical Office Statistical Digest of the War HMSO 1951)

Provenance: Norman Brooks Collection, Spink, July, 2015

The official recommendation for the B.E.M. is quoted below;


This N.C.O. has rendered most valuable service to his Company ever since its formation. In addition to carrying out his normal duties in a most efficient and conscientious manner, he has lent accommodation for stores, vehicles, and offices; provided transport, labour, and materials of all kinds free of charge; and allowed the use of ground for training. He has acted in a most helpful and generous manner throughout.


William Edwards, son of William Edwards & Mary Edwards (nee Cook) was born in Dagenham, Essex, on 15 September 1886. The 1911 National Census for England & Wales, shows William recorded as residing at 'Rookery Farm' near Ardleigh, Essex, which was the farm owned and managed by his Uncle. In 1911, William was a 'Market Gardner'. He married Daisy Bixby, at Tendring, Essex in 1912. By the time of the compilation of the '1939 Register', William is recorded living at the same address, vis 'The Rookery' Farm, Tendring, Essex, with his wife Daisy, and by which time he had taken over the farm, and was described as 'Farmer'. During the Second World War , William Edwards, served with the 9th (Mistley) Battalion, Essex Home Guard

Condition: About EF

Code: 19214Price:

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