British War Medal 1914-20 : Gunner C H W Knowles, 1 Field Artillery Brigade, AIF

Place Europe: Western Front
Accession Number REL/12946.002
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Medal
Physical description Silver
Maker Unknown
Place made United Kingdom
Date made c 1920
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

British War Medal 1914-20. Impressed around the edge with the recipient's details.

History / Summary

Born at Nathalia, Victoria in 1898, Claude Henry Watson Knowles was single and working as a farm labourer when he enlisted in the AIF in February 1917. 2317 Trooper C H W Knowles embarked aboard A29 HMAT Suevic at Port Melbourne in June 1917 with the 18th Reinforcements to the 13th Light Horse Regiment. He arrived in England in August 1917 and was soon after transferred to the Artillery; joining the 1st Field Artillery Brigade in France during November. While serving with the 3rd Battery Australian Field Artillery, Knowles, together with 35590 Gunner William Bridgement, was awarded the Military Medal for his actions during fighting at Proyart, France on 22 and 23 of August 1918. Claude Knowles returned to Australia in June 1919 aboard HMAT Konig Frederich August.