King George V issue, reverse engraved – LT. C.J.D.SYMONS, R.G.A. 1917........ M.C. L/G 18/7/1917.... 2nd Lieut. (Temp. Lieut.) Chatles Jack David Symons, R.G.A., Spec. Res, 207th Siege Battery.
For conspicuous Gallantry and devotion to duty in remaining at his post under heavy fire for many hours whilst laying a telephone line between important points........ Symonds enlisted in the South African Engineer Corps on 22/8/1914 and took part in the campaign in German South West Africa. He was gazette Lieutenant on 11/4/1915 and First Lieutenant on 30/8/1915. On 8/1/1916 he applied to join the Royal Flying Corps as a pilot. He was accepted as a 2nd Lieutenant on 15 March 1916, and joined at Oxford on 6/1/1916 for preliminary instruction in aviation. After a brief period of instruction, Symons was deemed to be unsuitable as a pilot and was transferred to the Royal Garrison Artillery. He embarked for France from Southampton on 14/10/1916, arriving at Havre on 18/10/1016. On 31/12/1917 he was attached to 12 Squadron Royal Flying Corps on liaison duties, where he remained until 2/4/1918. He was promoted to Lieutenant on 9/2/1918 and Acting Captain on 13/10/1918. He was demobilized on 12/10/1919 and appointed a Captain in the Special Reserve on 1/4/1920......... MC in case of issue. Together with copy of service files and London Gazette page. Extra Fine condition.