Military Cross, Geo. V., 1914 Star, British War and Victory Medals.
Military Cross (unnamed as awarded); 1914 Star to 19012 Gnr. E. J. Greathurst, RHA; pair to 2 Lieut.
Edward John Greathurst – born in 1883 and served (according to Army List) for over 16 years in the ranks (1902-18) before being commissioned into RA [“for services in the field”] in April 1918.
Entered theatre of war with 3rd Brigade RHA on 15th Aug. 1914 – no trace on MIC or rolls of claim for dated clasp.
Commissioned on 5th April 1918.
Awarded the Military Cross, LG Suppl. 11th Jan. 1919 serving with B/223 (Home Counties) Bde., RA, TF – with a very good citation:
“For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. This officer pushed forward his section of guns in close support of the infantry and then went on to ascertain the situation. He made this journey five times under heavy fire and thus, by keeping in close touch with the fighting, was able to make most advantageous sue of his guns. When his position became untenable, he assisted in the withdrawal of the guns 500 yards. He was of the greatest use to his battery commander.”
Address on MIC given as Abbeydale, Sheffield.
The Sheffield Daily Telegraph for 7th February 1919 – “Military Cross for Mons Hero” (copy included) – has an account of his career, relating that he had served through the war and was badly wounded in 1915; the Sheffield Daily Telegraph of 21st September 1915 reports him as wounded.
Retired on 23rd Aug. 1919. We believe that he became the proprietor of The White Bear hotel in Sheffield in 1925. He appears to have died in 1953.
Generally close to NEF, the Victory Medal with a small stain.