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A Great War ‘Le Sars 7 October 1916’ M.C. group of four awarded to Major Newman Crabtree, 11th Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment

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A Great War ‘Le Sars 7 October 1916’ M.C. group of four awarded to Major Newman Crabtree, 11th Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment

Military Cross, G.V.R., unnamed as issued; British War and Victory Medals (Major N. Crabtree.); Territorial Force War Medal 1914-19 (2. Lieut. N. Crabtree. W. Rid. R.)

M.C. London Gazette 25 November 1916: Temp. Capt. Newman Crabtree, W. York. R.

‘For conspicuous gallantry in action. He organised and led a bombing attack with great courage and skill, successfully clearing that portion of the line which was holding up our advance. He set a splendid example to his men.’

Newman Crabtree was born in on the 1st December 1867 in Kidderminster, Worcestershire, A Solicitor he enlisted in September 1914 giving his age as 44.
London Gazette 25th January 1915 shows him as temporary Lieut acting Temporary Captain 16th Battalion (Bradford) West Yorkshire Regiment)
His MIC shows he entered France April 1916 and confirms entitlement to the BWM,Victory and Territorial War medal, and that he qualified for a SWB
His papers show service in the 11th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment, part of 69 Brigade.
He stated previous service as 4 years with the 1st Volunteer Battalion Worcester `Regiment, 4 years in the 1st Worcester and Warwickshire Volunteer Artillery, and 6 weeks active service in the 4th Battalion West Riding Regiment.
Discharged in 1919 as being medically unfit for further service. due to ill health contracted on Active Service.
The 11th (Service) Battalion landed at Le Havre as part of the 69th Brigade in the 23rd Division in August 1915 for service on the Western Front and then transferred to Italy in November 1917
Medals – GVF