Lt Mark King DSO

"Tiny" King

Without a date or place of birth, I cannot get anywhere with him, as the name is very common. The card reads "Whincote, The Downs, Bexhill". The most likely, but not proven, man is the man below, who went to Cranleigh School, and would have been Coldstream Guards material.

1896 Aug 6. Born Surrey

1901 census he is at Abinger Hammer, Surrey (in Reg District of Dorking)

1911 census at Cranleigh School.

1915 Kelly's Directory of Sussex has a Mrs. King living at 'Whincote', Heatherdane Road, Bexhilll-on-Sea. Grace KING who appears on the St Stephen's Church war memorial. She has been tracked down as being a French Red Cross Cantonier who died in Paris 28 July 1918. We became aware of the Abinger Hammer connection - but could not figure out the Bexhill connection. The Bexhill Observer 06 October 1917 has just been read and a note of her will discovered. She is shown as of 'Whincote, Bexhill' [Which is the proverbial stone's throw from St Stephen's Church].Her sisters Ruth and Elizabeth [also of Whincote] are executors.

3rd Bn, The Artists Rifles as Pte (#3642) between 16 Mar 1915 and 20 Apr 1915.

1916 May 31. The undermentioned to be 2nd Lieuts. (on probation) : — FOOT GUARDS. C. Gds.-. Mark King. from 2nd Artists Rifles O.T.C.

In November, 1915, the Artists Rifles was officially recognised by Army Order as an Officers' Training Corps, and the Home Battalion became the 2nd Artists Rifles O.T.C In March, 1916, its separate School, then at Gidea Park, was converted into four Companies of cadets to which recruits were passed on for training as Officers after receiving a preliminary military training in the ranks of the other four Companies, the whole being under the command of Colonel Shirley and run by Artists' Officers and Sergeant Instructors.

1917 Apr 24. DSO gazetted. 2nd Lt. Mark King, Coldstream. Gds., Spec. Res. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He led his platoon through an intense hostile barrage, displaying the greatest bravery. Later, on reaching the first objective and finding his left flank exposed, he got his men out of the enemy's front line, formed front on the left, advanced 400 yards, and captured an enemy second line trench, thereby saving a critical situation

1917 Jul 1. C. Gds.—The undermentioned to be Lts. or in the case of those holding that rank, to be antedated as stated and in the order of precedence as now given: M. King D.S.O.

1918 Apr 20. Wounded 20 Apr 1918; also MiD

1919 Oct 16. C. Gds.—Lt. M. King, D.S.O., is placed on the ret. list an account of ill-health caused by wounds.

1920 Nov 3. Joined ADRIC with service no 950. Posted to D Coy as Section Leader from 5 Nov

Fined £1 by Coy Commander

1921 Apr 5 Reverts to T/Cadet at own request

1921 May 4. Permitted to resign after 6 month service.

1939 Register. Living at 45 Belgrave Road , City of Westminster,. He is a Min of Labour Clerk. Disabled Officer, Coldstream Guards

1940 Jun 10. Midd'x. Reg. Lt. Mark KING, D.S.O. (135310), to be Lt.

1945 Mar 28. Lt. M. King, D.S.O. (135310), relinquishes his commn. on account of disability, and is granted the hon. rank of Capt

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