We are extremely pleased to have the below family medals from a South Wales family.
We have –
World War One Medal Trio and Memorial Plaque and Memorial Scroll to a Royal Welsh Fusilier.
Medals named to:
19782 Pte A. VATER R. W. FUS.
Memorial Plaque named to:
Memorial Scroll named to:
L/Cpl. Albert Vater. Royal Welsh Fusiliers
Albert Vater served in 9th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers. He died 29th September 1917 aged 23 years.
He was the son of Charles and Margaret Vater of 142 Cardiff Road, Aberaman, Aberdare, South Wales.
We also have some postcards sent home by Albert and a letter sent home by Albert to his mother. This is a deeply personal and religious letter. It movingly talks of his being prepared to meet his God in 2 pages of powerful writing.
We also have the World War 2 medals of his nephew, William Charles Vater, see below.
William Charles Vater was the Nephew of Albert, here is the connection.
Albert had a brother Alexander born 1885 died Merthyr Tydfil age 60 1955.
A 1911 census shows an Alec and Albert parents Charles and Margaret.
A 1901 census shows Alexandra parents Charles and Margaret Albert must have been out.
Both Merthyr Tydfil
Alexandra married 2 1/4 1916 Elizabeth A Finn William Charles born Merthyr Tydfil 3rd April 1917 Mum Finn maiden name also shows as La Vater.
Albert’s Medals and Plaque.
He is Remembered with Honour at Spoilbank Cemetery. Spoilbank Cemetery is in Belgium and is also known as Chester Farm Lower Cemetery and Gordon Terrace Cemetery. There are, here, 520 burials of which only 395 are identified.
This lot comes with some extremely personal ephemera.
We still have the boxes for the medals, envelope for the plaque and condolence slips from Buckingham Palace
We have 3 small folding cards commemoration the death of Albert.
William Charles Vater has the following World War 2 medals;
1939/45 Star, France and Germany Star, Defence Medal and War Medal.
He also has the Oakleaf on the War Medal indication a Mention in Despatches.
Also with these medals is a framed Letter to William Charles which is signed by Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery.
This letter is on headed 21st Army Group paper to – 7374416 L/Cpl W C Vater. R.A.M.C. (Royal Army Medical Corps). Dated 15th December 1944 it expresses Montgomery’s awareness of his actions and his thanks. And confirmation that his deeds will be noted on his Record of Service.
Finally we have a copy of the page on which the MID in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in N W Europe, is confirmed in the London Gazette. His name features on page 1565 of the supplement to the 22nd March 1945 issue.