MBE (Military), WW1 British War, Victory, 1935 Jubilee, 1937 Coronation, LS&GC and Belgium Croix de Guerre Medal Group of Seven - Captain (Quartermaster) T. Elliott, Royal Scots Greys
- Product Code: MM-4797
- Regiment: Royal Scots Greys
- Era: WW1 Availability:1
1937 An interesting medal group of seven to Captain (Quartermaster) Thomas Elliott, The Royal Scots Greys, awarded the M.B.E. and Belgium Croix de Guerre as Regimental Sergeant Major.
Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) (Military Division) unnamed as issued
British War Medal named to 2DN-6004 W.O.Cl.1. T. Elliott. 2-Dns.
WW1 Victory Medal named to 2DN-6004 W.O.Cl.1. T. Elliott. 2-Dns.
1935 Jubilee Medal unnamed as issued
1937 Coronation Medal unnamed as issued
George V Army Long Service & Good Conduct Medal unnamed (not erased)
Belgium Croix de Guerre unnamed as issued
The medals are in good condition. The MBE comes in original Garrard & Co. Ltd fitted case of issue.
M.B.E. (Military): London Gazette 3 June 1924 – Birthday Honours List
Belgium Croix de Guerre: London Gazette 15 April 1918 – “for distinguished services rendered during the course of the campaign.”
Thomas Elliott was born on 28 October 1882 in Allhallows, Carlisle, Cumberland, and attested into the 2nd Dragoon Guards (Queen’s Bays) on 26 March 1901. He was stationed at Aldershot during the Boer War, where he became an expert swordsman and athlete. Elliott rapidly rose through the ranks: Corporal 25 March 1903, Lance Sergeant 28 March 1904, and directly to Squadron Sergeant Major Instructor in Fencing and Gymnastics on 1 July 1904, reaching this important appointment after only three years of service. Over the next several years, Elliott became an accomplished Rugby player who also won numerous military tournaments in the dismounted foil and saber events.
Elliott transferred to the 2nd Dragoons (Scots Greys) on 1 November 1904. Upon the outbreak of World War I, Elliott was transferred to the 5th Reserve Cavalry Regiment on 16 August 1914, no doubt his skill training soldiers being considered highly valuable considering the massive expansion the Army was just starting. He was promoted to be the reserve regiment’s Acting Regimental Sergeant Major on 5 November 1915, a rank he continued to hold when Elliott joined the Scots Greys in France on 1 June 1916. He was confirmed as the Scots Greys’ RSM on 6 July 1916 when RSM Nathaniel Murray contracted tuberculosis. Elliott remained with the Scots Greys in France & Flanders until he went on leave on 13 November 1918.
The regiment’s war diary records that Elliott was awarded the Belgium Croix de Guerre on 2 February 1918, which the London Gazette (15 April 1918) reports was awarded “for distinguished services rendered during the course of the campaign.” 5620 were awarded to British officers and men for the war, making it scarcer to British troops than the D.S.O. or the D.C.M. He also received the British War and Victory Medals for his WW1 service, and was awarded the Long Service & Good Conduct on 1 July 1919.
Elliott served with the Scots Greys in Egypt and Palestine from 10 November 1920 to 6 June 1922, when the regiment sailed for India. While in India, Elliott was made a Member of the British Empire (Military Division) on 3 June 1924. After more than 8 years as the Scots Greys’ RSM, Elliott was commissioned their Quartermaster on 31 December 1924 and promoted Captain (Quartermaster) on 31 December 1932. During these post-war years, Elliott continued to participate in military tournaments as well as referee various sporting competitions.
Elliott received the 1935 Jubilee Medal and the 1937 Coronation Medal before retiring after 36
years of service with the Scots Greys on 1 June 1937. During World War II, he served as a fire
watcher with the Civil Defence Service, qualifying for the Defence Medal. He died in
Ludgershall, Wiltshire on 20 July 1947.
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