W.C. Packham

Donated to the Tank Museum in memory of Sarah Ann Packham, wife of Major W.C. Packham, TD, MSM, by her family.

Major W.C. Packham, TD, MSM

Enlisted in the Suffolk Regiment on 18th August 1914 and served in France and Belgium until 1917. He was at Flers when the first tanks were used and saw them again at Arras. He fought with them at Cambrai and was transferred to the Tank Corps in December 1917. After instructional duties at the Depot he was posted to 1st Depot Battalion and served at Wareham and Bovington. From 1927 to 1931 he served in India with 6th Armoured Car Company. Returning home in 1931 he served with the Third and, on promotion to SQMS, the Fourth, rejoining the Third later as CSM. In 1934 he was RSM of the Westminster Dragoons and became their Lieutenant Quartermaster in 1939.

When war came in September he was with the Westminster Dragoons when they formed 102 O.C.T.U. at Blackdown and served with 102 until its absorption into Sandhurst in 1944. As Group Q.M. he then joined Southampton Transit Camps until his release in November 1945.

For a time he was a civilian, but eventually was granted a Short Service Regular Commission as Major (Q.M.) R.A.C. and was seconded to 2 Command Workshops REME stationed at Gainsborough, Lincs. On reaching the age of 55 he retured in February 1952 and was appointed Captain A/Q of 14th county of London Home Guard Battalion for approx. 18 months.

1914-15 STAR

BRITISH WAR MEDAL 1914-18 (SILVER)

DEFENCE MEDAL

VICTORY MEDAL

WAR MEDAL

SOMME MEDAL

ARMY LONG SERVICE & GOOD CONDUCT (KING GEORGE VI)

ARMY MERITORIOUS SERVICE MEDAL - KING GEORGE V

MINIATURE MEDAL GROUP

EFFICIENCY DECORATION (KING GEORGE VI)