New Zealand WW1 BWM To 10689 Gnr. F. E. Twyford N.Z.E.F - 3rd Batt, N.Z.F.A. - Shell Shock.
A single, full size, silver British War Medal to 10689 Gunner Frederick Edward Twyford, New Zealand Expeditionary Force.
Fred's details are correctly impressed to the rim of his medal.
He was a Clerk prior to joining, for a Christchurch firm of Kaiapoi Woolen Company, with his next of kin, his Sister, listed as living in Sydney, Australia. He lists his address as Moorehouse Ave, in Christchurch, and was born in Warwick, Queensland, Australia.
Fred started his service on the 12th of Jan 1916, as part of the NZFA 12th Reinforcements Draft and was to spend 2 years and 158 days oversea's on the Western Front, in Belgium and France with No 3 Battery of the New Zealand Field Artillery.
He arrived from New Zealand on the 7th of Aug 1916 at Sling Base Camp in the UK, and then left for France on the 24th of Sept 1916.
He was then posted to No. 3 Battery, in the field on the 14th of Oct that year.
Sick on the 12th of Nov, with Influenza, he was discharged back to his unit on the 19th of Nov.
In Feb 1917, he was attached to NZ Divisional Headquarters, but returned back to his unit in March 1917.
In August 1917, he got a months leave to the UK, and rejoined his unit on the 2nd of Sept in France.
On the 5th of October 1917, he is reported sick, and evacuated out to the Casualty Clearing Station and then to No.12 Convalescence Depo at Auburge. He would remain there till the 2nd of March 1918.
He was returned to NZ Base Depo at Etaples, where on the 21st May, 1918 he was classed as C fit, returned to the UK and sent back to New Zealand on the 8th of Aug 1918.
Fred was classed as no longer fit for Active Service due to Shell Shock.
He was distcharged the 14th of Feb 1919 from the Army in NZ.
Fred's full entitlement is this BWM, a Victory Medal and a Silver War badge (numbered NZ15212 - number noted in his file on his Discharge Certificate). Sadly I do not know the where-a-bouts of the last two items.
Fred's BWM is in good, dark, uncleaned condition, with a short length of replacement ribbon.
His service file is here: