WW1 Medal pair to Mundy Suffolk Regiment.
An interesting Great War medal pair of the British war and victory medal both correctly named to; 38763 Private Frank Mundy of the 1st garrison battalion the Suffolk regiment.
Frank Munday was probably drafted into the army on 25th July 1916, first into the Queens regiment and and soon after enlistment transferred to the 1st garrison battalion the Suffolk regiment.
Garrison battalions were usually home service battalions and his papers certainly show, they didn’t really know what to do with him, being transferred to the Royal West Kent’s, Queens and Royal Scots Fusiliers, however he was probably still with the Suffolk’s but attached to these regiments on home service. But in the September 1917 he was posted overseas to Italy. British troops were rushed to Italy in the wake of the Italian collapse at Caporetto, infantrymen were pretty thin on the ground and with the British involved in so many campaigns, the problem in Italy was least on the mind of the war cabinet. However, when news of Caparetto broke, Lloyd George ordered Robertson (Chief of the Imperial General Staff) and two divisions to be sent to Italy without consulting Haig or the War Cabinet. Men were transfered from France and many men were sent from the home service battalions in Britain, of which Frank was one.
He was probably part of a mixed brigade made up of the fittest men available. At first there time in Italy was spent improving their positions and carrying out patrols and raids on the Austrian lines.
Soldiers like Frank would have done pioneer type duties, renewing communication lines and digging trenches which was no easy task, the trenches in many cases had to be dug out of solid rock, and the difficulty of burying telephone wire meant they had to be strung in trees which made them more susceptible to artillery fire. Getting supplies to the men was difficult as the existing British motor transport was not fit for the mountain roads, and there were difficulties finding suitable platforms for artillery in the rocky and tree-covered terrain. The main Austrian attack on British forces came in June of 1918, known as the battle of Asiago, this was retaliated in August with British raids on the Austrian line resulting in the Astrian withdraw.
Research is needed on this man, especially his time in Italy, this campaign has pretty much been forgotten but many gallantry medals were awarded for this theatre, so although the actions were small they were hard fought.
The medals are in excellent condition and on original ribbon and they come with Franks original cap badge and copies of medal index card and service papers etc.