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Title Surrey Yeomanry Officer's Record of Services
Nationality British
Period 1915-19

Here is the service history of Capt. Edward Rickards, Surrey Yeomanry, late shoeing smith of the HAC. He served at Imbros (GHQ) from June to September 1915 with the MEF (Galipoli Campaign), thereafter serving as a Railway Transport Officer in France to the end, commissioned Captain 14/6/18.

The salient detais are all penned in with a careful hand (a Lloyds underwriter by proffession). Various letters are with this book: discharge note from hospital, dated 10/8/19; notification of issue of War and Victory medal ribbon, dated 1920; War Office reply to medal claim for 1915 Star, War and Victory medals, dated 1919; Protection Certificate (demob notice), dated June 1919; War Office letter accepting his application for registration in the Officer's Emergency Reserve dated 1937. There are also some personal letters and scraps thereof.

There was an E.S. Rickards in a 1945 army list, listed as commissioned lieutenant in 1919, but serving as a substantive captain in the Royal Tank Regiment. It's just possible that this is him, but it's more likely that he served in the Home Guard.

The condition is excellent, the only problem typical of these pieces is that the two staples that bind the book together have rusted. A rare piece of ephemera for any WW1 officer, never mind the Surrey Yeomanry.

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.

[Ephemera : Documents : British : 20th Century]


Hi Chris, just to let you know it arrived safely and I am very happy with it, also the condition. I have been looking for a while for that particular style and maker.. Thanks again for everything and I shall now be keeping an eye on your web page.

C A, UK, 28.09.2010

I wanted to let you know that the kepi arrived today safely. A super nice kepi! Also wanted to say that it was a pleasure doing business with you.

M S, USA, 20.08.2009