A poignant grouping of insignia to a territorial soldier CSM Thomas William Sidlow, of the 1/8th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers.
It is a modern framing, yet very well done with original serge backing and printed card inscription.
Research yields that CSM Sidlow was killed in action on the 19th March 1945. He is buried at Taukkyan War Cemetery (Plot 17.D.3). He is also commemorated at Atherton Cemetery in the UK.
The 1/8th Battalion went to France as part of the BEF in 1940 and were evacuation. They remained part of the 4th Infantry Brigade 2nd Division from May 1940 - August 1945. They arrived in India in June 1942 and were sent to Burma in April 1944.
The grouping includes his identity disc, with handwritten name and number corresponding to records. The handwritten details are consistent with territorial and reserve forces discs. His bi-metal cap badge, brass shoulder titles, brass WO crowns and assault pioneer trade badge are mounted around the disc. The Warrant Officer crowns are interesting in that they are the theatre made sand cast varieties. All badges are in good condition, though the slider is missing from the cap badge where it has been mounted.
There are also two coins mounted, one being an Indian Quarter from 1935 and a South African penny from 1934. These souvenirs are suggestive that Sidlow was sent to India in 1942. It is not known if he served in France in 1940, however given his senior NCO status as a territorial it is quite possible.
Unusually above the identity disc is what appears to be a Women's Land Army flash from an armband. It is likely this was from a sweetheart and mounted as a such, a tragic and very human inclusion.
A sad but very interesting grouping, a worthy addition to any collection.
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