45385 SGT. E. BRIERLEY. DCM. MM. R.E.

 

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Edward Brierley was a Sergeant in 95th Field Company, Royal Engineers.  This Coy formed part of the Divisional Troops of 7th Division.  Edward was awarded both the Distinguished Conduct Medal and the Military Medal.  He landed in France with his Division on 25 August 1915.

 

7th Division fought on the Somme in 1916 near Fricourt and Mametz (they were one of the two Divisions featured in the 1916 film of the Battle of the Somme); they fought at Passchendaele in 1917; and in 1918 they moved to Italy where they fought in the Battle of Vittorio Veneto, contributing to the final defeat of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

The award of the Military Medal was made in the London Gazette on 12 December 1916.  The award of the DCM was announced in the London Gazette on 1 January 1917 and the citation appeared on 13 February.  Hence both awards were for service on the Somme.

 

Edward was finally discharged on 18 December 1918.

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