2nd Lt. F.T. Rapps MM 15th London Regiment. (Officer Machine Gun Corps)
Medals 14/15 Star Priv. 15th London / War & Victory |Medals 2nd Lt. /MM L.Cprl. 15th London T.F.
15th (Prince of Wales’s Own Civil Service Rifles) Battalion, The London Regiment, a Territorial unit
2 Lids Award Bxs.& 1 Full Box / MM Box.
Awarded MM London Gazette 8/8/16
Large amount of copy material relating to Rapps getting badly injured in the face by an exploding Bomb during training in the field 1916.
Very interesting material concerning the process, and reporting as well as his rec. for promotion into a Junior officers training unit.
March 1917 – was attached to the Machine Gun Corps.
Copy London Gazette concerning promotion from temp.2nd Lt to temp. Lt. May 1919.
15th (Prince of Wales’s Own Civil Service Rifles) Battalion, The London Regiment, a Territorial unit and had their headquarters at Somerset House when war broke out in August 1914, serving as part of 4th London Brigade, 2nd London Division. The Division had just arrived for their annual summer camp on Salisbury Plain when war was declared in August 1914, they were at once recalled to their home base and mobilised for war service. The Division concentrated in the St Albans area for training, with the 15th Battalion at Bedmond, and then moving to billets at Watford in November. They proceeded to France on the 18th of March 1915, landing at le Havre, being only the second TF Division to arrive in theatre. The 5th London Brigade was ordered to Cassel, and the remainder of the Division concentrated near Bethune and were joined by 5th London Brigade near the end of the month. They saw action in The Battle of Aubers Ridge, The Battle of Festubert, The Battle of Loos and The subsequent Actions of the Hohenzollern Redoubt, In 1916 they fought during The German attack at Vimy Ridge, and on The Somme in The Battle of Flers-Courcelette capturing High Wood, The Battle of the Transloy Ridges in which the captured Eaucourt l’Abbaye and The attacks on the Butte de Warlencourt. In 1917 they were in action in The Battle of Messines, the Third Battles of Ypres and The Cambrai Operations where they captured Bourlon Wood and fought against the German counter attacks. In 1918 they were in action on The Somme and the Final Advance in Artois including making the official entry into Lille. At the Armistice the the forward units of the Division had reached Franses-lez-Buissenal. They marched back to Tournai and on the 26th of November moved on to the Bethune area where demobilisation began with the first parties returning to England in the first week of January 1919.