Pair to Captain W.G.Graham, Northumberland Fusiliers,
British War and Victory Medal (Capt W.G.Graham). Some staining to reverse of Victory Medal, otherwise good very fine. (2)
M.I.D. London Gazette 22.6.1915.
Captain William George Graham was the son of James William Graham, Manager of the Kowloon Docks, Hong Kong. He was born at Howdon-on-Tyne on 16th May 1890, and was educated at Bede College, Durham. When war broke out he held a mastership at the Stephenson School, Wallsend. On leaving College he joined the 5th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers and was gazetted Second Lieutenant in November 1913. During the first week of mobilisation he acted as Adjutant and subsequently as Signal Officer, and when the Battalion was ordered to the Front he went to France 24 hours in advance as Captain in charge of his Brigade Transport. Within three or four days of landing they were rushed up to the firing line to the assistance of a Canadian and Middlesex Regiment Battalions. The first day in the firing line his Battalion lost their Brigade Signal Officer and Captain Graham had to take up those duties for a few days. Afterwards they lost their Adjutant, and he was then told to take Adjutant's work till relieved when he rejoined his Company. During the winter of 1914 and Spring of 1915 he was mentioned for performing good work. He was tragically killed by a sniper on the 24th June 1915.
He is buried in the St.Quentin Cabaret Military Cemetry. He had married in October 1914, and his daughter was born posthumously in November 1915. His father had held a commission as a Lieutenant Engineer in the Hong Kong Volunteers whilst his great grandfather fought at the Battle of Waterloo and was twice wounded.