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Distinguished Conduct Medal

Born 1872 in Bow, Middlesex (Essex)

Married 20 July 1910 to Annie Elizabeth Puttock at All Saints Church, Nottingham.

Children: Nancy Florence Mary born 1911, Lilian Margaret born 1913, both born in Nottingham, Peggy born 1921 and Geoffrey Charles James Machin, born 1923, both born in East Retford.

Died 23rd September 1961, age 89

1881 Census

Age 9, living at 26 Merchant Street, St. Leonard, Bromley, Tower Hamlets, with father Charles 50, a carrier, mother Sarah A. 49, his siblings Percy 20, Florence 19, Albert 17, Fanny 13, Frank 11 and Walter 7, and grandmother Mary A. Machin.

1891 Census

Unable to find him in 1891

1901 Census

Unable to find him in 1901

1911 Census

Age 39, living in a house with 6 rooms at 4, Tudor Grove, Nottingham with wife Annie age 23. Occupation Commissionaire, Army Pensioner, Notts. Royal Horse Artillery. Married for under 1 year.

Military Service before 1914

Enlisted on 17th July 1908 in Nottingham for 4 years service, age 36 years 5 months. Gunner, Notts Horse Artillery Battery, Reg. no. 1, later 612002. Height 5ft 9ins, chest 36½ins. Occupation Commissionaire employed by Captain Laycock. Home address Park Lane Nottingham. On his attestation form he states that he has served 21 years in the Royal Horse Artillery and was ‘discharged to pension’.

Rank: Battery Sergeant Major

Service Number: 1, later 612002

Military Unit: Royal Horse Artillery

Promoted to Battery Sergeant Major on the day of his attestation, 17th July 1908.

Annual Training:

24.7.09–7.8.09: Wiseton Park

28.5.10–11.6.10: Hamilton Camp

9.9.11–23.9.11: Skegness

1912: Present

11.7.14: Re-engaged for 4 years, Battery Sergeant Major

Military Service from 1914

Rank: Battery Sergeant Major

Service Number: 612002

Military Unit: Royal Horse Artillery

Theatre of War: Egypt, date of entry 25.10.15

Colour Service from 5.8.14 to 19.2.19; overseas 3 years 3 months.

5.8.14–10.4.15: Home

11.4.15: British Expeditionary Force

28.1.15: Appointed Warrant Officer Class II. Continued in the Service under the Military Service Act, 1916.

25.10.15: Entered theatre of war, Egypt

17.4.16: Admitted to 17 General Hospital, Alexandria

22.4.16: Admitted to hospital in Monlazah with debility

22.10.16: On furlough in Great Britain for 6 weeks

22.10.16: Embarked, arrived in England 3.11.16. Address Lindum Villas, Lincoln Grove, Radcliffe on Trent

18.3.17: Mentioned in despatches by General Officer Commanding, E.E.F. (Egyptian Expeditionary force). London Gazette 6.7.17

11.5.17: Distinguished Conduct Medal awarded, announced in London Gazette, page 4596, ‘For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during operations. He has rendered invaluable service throughout and has at all times set a fine example of courage and determination’.

17.7.17: Continued as Battery Sergeant Major.

5.12.18: 3 weeks furlough in UK from Palestine. Embarked Alex(andria)

16.12.18: Disembarked Southampton

Address: Radcliffe on Trent

21.01.19: Particulars of Character form: ‘He has been Sergeant Major of this battery since 1908. During the whole of that time he has proved himself capable and reliable in every way and was an excellent Sergeant Major. He has a very good command and control and has handled the NCOs and men of this battery in a tactful manner always.’

19.02.19: Discharged. £5 pounds of £15 bounty paid. Address Lindum Villas, Lincoln Grove, Radcliffe on Trent

11.3.19: Bounty refused on the grounds that he was ‘time expired’ on 16.1.17 as he was over 41.

Medals Awarded: Distinguished Conduct Medal, 1914-1915 Star, British War and Victory. Mentioned in Despatches

Military Personnel Address on 1918 Electoral Register

Lindum Villas, Lincoln Grove, Radcliffe on Trent

15.9.19 living at The Cottage, Clayworth, Retford, Notts (states that it is his permanent address).

1921 Census

Address: Wiseton Road, Clayworth

Employment: Private Secretary to Brig Gen Sir J F Laycock, Wiseton Bawtry

Household: wife Annie, daughters Nancy and Lilian, son Peter

1939 Register

Address: Wiseton, East Retford, Nottinghamshire

Occupation: Army pensioner

Household: living with wife Annie born 27.6.1888 and two people whose records are officially closed.

Other information

Survived by wife Annie Elizabeth Machin. Address at date of death: Ivy Cottage, Wiseton, Notts

Reason for inclusion on Radcliffe on Trent Roll of Honour

Radcliffe on Trent address in 1918

* Appears on the birth, death, probate registers and censuses as Edmund Thomas Machin (Edmund Thomas E Machin on the birth register). He also signs himself as Edmund on one page of his Service records when he is re-attesting in 1912 after serving in the Territorial force for 4 years. All other pages in the Service records record him as Edward, but his first name is given as Edmund on the Absent Voters list 1918. Possibly the ‘E’ after Thomas could be for ‘Edward’.