A Collection of Awards to the Royal Flying Corps, Royal Naval Air Service and Royal Air Force

Date of Auction: 19th June 2013

Sold for £330

Estimate: £400 - £450

A Great War M.S.M. group of four awarded to Chief Mechanic H. W. Hartwell, Royal Air Force, late Royal Flying Corps

British War Medal 1914-20 (7132 F. Sjt. H. W. Hartwell, R.A.F.); Victory Medal 1914-19 (7132 F. Sgt. H. W. Hartwell, R.A.F.), renamed; Jubilee 1935; Royal Air Force Meritorious Service Medal, G.V.R., coinage bust (7132 Ch. Mec. H. W. Hartwell, R.A.F.), generally good very fine (4) £400-450


Harry William Hartwell, who was born in 1884, entered the Royal Flying Corps as an Air Mechanic 2nd Class (Rigger) in July 1915, direct from a previous appointment in the Army. Embarked for France in February 1916, he remained similarly employed until the War’s end, gaining advancement to Sergeant in May 1917 and to Flight Sergeant in the following month. Re-mustered as a Chief Mechanic in the newly established Royal Air Force in April 1918, he was subsequently awarded the M.S.M. for his services with No. 25 Squadron (London Gazette 1 January 1919 refers), and transferred to the Reserve in February 1919; sold with copied service record.