WWI M.M. GROUP OF 5 MEDALS & PRESENTATION HALLMARKED GOLD POCKET WATCH TO SJT. W.H. LESTER, 180/SGE. BY. R.G.A.
Military Medal George V to 69990 A.Sjt. W.H. Lester, 180/Sge. By., R.G.A.; WWI War Medal to 69990 Sjt. W.H. Lester, R.A.; WWI Victory Medal to 69990 Sjt. W.H. Lester, R.A.; Special Constabulary Medal with Long Service George V with 1941 & 1945 clasps with two rosettes to William H. Lester. Accompanied by WWI fundraising Iron Cross medal and hallmarked 9ct gold pocket watch by Waltham U.S.A. engraved 'Presented by the residents of Orrell and by public subscription to Sergt. W. Lester, M.M. for distinguished service during The Great War 1914-18.'
Military Medal Gazetted 12 Dec 1917. William Hesketh Lester was born in Pemberton, Lancashire in 1896, the son of locomotive engine driver, John Lester and Louise Lester, living at 4 Peter St., Kitt Green, Orrell, Lancashire and 315 Orrell Road, Orrell. Lester worked as a house painter apprentice and served with the 180th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery during WWI. Later in life he worked as a painter and decorator with his son, Herbert Michael Lester and married Rhoda Halsall Lester.