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WW1 Pair, 1935 Jubilee and 1937 Coronation group, 15th Hampshire Yeomanry Officer Casualty.


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WW1 Pair, 1935 Jubilee and 1937 Coronation group, 15thHampshire Yeomanry Officer Casualty.

British War and Victory medals, Lieut P.D. Aylward; 1935 Jubilee; 1937 Coronation (last two un-named as issued) Group mounted for wear.

2nd Lieut. Percy Danford Aylward, born 11thOctober 1885, in Dean, Hampshire.

He attested for the Army reserve on the 7thDecember 1915, being posted to the Inns of Court O.T.C. in 1917, after service with the 16thCadet battalion he was discharged to a commission in the Hampshire regiment. Entering France  on the 6thSeptember 1918.

He was Wounded in Action in late 1918.

2Lt P. D. Aylward is listed in the 15th (Hampshire Yeomanry) Battalion War Diary, as being one of 8 Officers wounded in early October 1918, which included Lieut Potter MC.

The gallant T/2nd Lieut Potter, MC, 15th Bn., Hamp. R., won a Bar to his MC (London Gazette, 2 Dec 1918), possibly when 2Lt Aylward was wounded:

‘…When an attack was partially held up by intense machine-gun fire and nearly all of the officers were casualties, he took command of the entire line and rallied the remaining men. Until relieved, some forty-eight Hours later, he remained in command of the party and instilled great confidence by his cheerfulness and courage.’

Discharged in February 1919.

In 1919, P. D. Aylward became Town Clerk of Wilton. He was also Steward of Wilton Charities…

He lived the rest of his Life in Wilton, and was the longest-serving solicitor in near-by Salisbury

Awarded his Jubilee medal as Town Clerk of Wilton Borough Council.

Died 25thJune 1970