Group of Four: Meritorious Service Medal (GVR); 1914-15 Star; British War Medal 1914-18; Victory Medal 1914-19. 1507 Spr.R.Sparkman Aust.E on first medal, 1507 Spr R.Sparkman 2/Sig Coy A.I.F. on second, third and fourth medals. All medals impressed, very fine.
Reginald Sparkman, plumber, age 22 yrs, born Windsor (Vic), Enl 11Mar1915 in Melbourne; served with 2nd Sig Coy; WIA 27Sep1917 France (gassed); RTA 15May1919.
MSM: LG 3/6/1919; CAG No.113 6/10/1919
During the operations in the vicinity of Bellicourt extending over the period 17th Sept - 17th Oct 1918 this man performed the duties of Motor Cyclist Despatch Rider. Riding under most adverse conditions - bad roads, heavy traffic, rain and without headlight, he displayed great coolness, devotion to duty and resource in the management of his machine. In particular on the night of 8th, 9th Oct 1918 when charged with the delivery of urgent Barrage Orders to Artillery Groups, he set out on the Estrees-Bellicourt Road which was packed with traffic subject to shell fire and an attack by enemy bombing machines. Although injured and severely shaken through having collided with a bolting ammunition wagon, he succeeded in delivering his Despatches without delay. His great physical effort, courage and devotion to duty on this occasion was one of the many that transpired during the advance to the river Belle.
Together with original O.H.M.S. mail out envelope for MSM ribbon.