D.S.O. & Second Award bar, Q.S.A. 3 clasps, Rel. of Kimberley, Paard., Dreif. (Lieut. R.E.), 1914 Star (Capt. R.E.), B.W.M., Victory, M.I.D. (Lieut. Col.), Defence medal, War Medal, France, Croix de Guerre
Crofton Edward Pym Sankey
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Also a representative WW2 group to his son Crofton Edmund Peter Sankey being 1939/45 Star, Italy Star, France & Germany Star War Medal, Lieut. R.E. & 1st Airborne, killed in action at Arnhem 23/9/1944, shot by a sniper in the Osterbeke area whilst moving forward to take ommand of a Paratchute Regt. Platoon. (Note. these added at one time
D.S.O. L.G. 23/6/1915
Bar to D.S.O.
'For great gallantry in making personal reconnaissances of the Sambre-Oise Canal, south of Catillon during the period 28 October to 3 November, 1918. Owing to the able way he carried out his work the crossings over the canal were negotiated with comparatively few casualties in the face of a large number of machine guns and heavy shell fire. The success of the operations may be very largely credited to the skill and personal gallantry of Lt.-Col. Sankey.'
M.I.D. L.G. 23/6/1915, 15/5/1917, 20/12/1918, 5/7/1919
Croix de Guerre L.G. 9/12/1916
Service papers state 4 times wounded by gunshot, Belgium 30/11/1914 (Ypres), March 1915, May 1915, February 1918.
Born 1877, Chatham, Kent, educ. Wellington. Commd. 1896 into the R.E. Served in South Africa, Relief of Kimberley, operations in the Orange Free State, actions at paardeburg, Poplar Grove, Driefontein. Post WW1 commanded 47th (2nd London) Territorial Army CRE. Ret. 1933. Re-employed 1940 as CRE North Wales until final retirement 1943 aged 66. Died Wimbledon, 1956.