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26/220 2/Lt William Skelton NZEF

NZEF Pair - 26/220 Skelton (Officer, 2x Wounded)

SKU: ZM218
  • The British War Medal/Victory Medal pair issued to 26/220 2/Lt William Skelton, who was wounded twice on the Western Front, and was commissioned from the ranks.


    William Skelton was born 7th July 1891 at Christchurch, New Zealand. Son of John William and Mary Richardson Skelton (née Young).  He was educated at Sydenham School and West Christchurch High School before becoming an electrical engineer. He attested for service with the NZEF in October 1915, and embarked with the 4th Battalion, NZ Rifle Brigade in the rank of corporal.


    William was promoted to sergeant at the commencement of the Battle of Flers-Courcellette, where he was wounded on the opening day (15th September 1916). He returned to his unit in October 1916, and in March 1917, was promoted to WOII (Company-Sergeant Major). In October 1917 he was sent to the UK for officers training, receiving a commission as 2nd lieutenant in March 1918. Initially posted to the Entrenching Battalion, William transferred back to D Company, 4th NZRB in July 1918. He was wounded a second time later that month, but was soon back in action. He saw out the remainder of the war without further injury, returning to New Zealand in 1919.

    William Skelton died at Christchurch on 25th August 1972, just four days after his wife, Margaret, also passed away.


    Both medals are correctly impressed 26/220 2/LT. W. SKELTON. N.Z.E.F.


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