2nd / 8th Battalion
Lancashire Fusiliers

October 1917 to March 1918
3rd Battle of Ypres


An Aussie in the Lancashire Fusiliers in WW1

Private Joseph Bryant McKenna, 39042, 2nd/8th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers, British Army,
who died of wounds on the 10 August 1917, age 21.
He was the Son of Richard and Emily Burge McKenna, of Grosvenor St., Moonee Ponds, Victoria, Australia.
He is commemorated in Mont Huon Military Cemetery, Le Treport, Seine Maritime, France.


Captain R L Busby MBE MC

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Credit to Medal News 2012
LANCASHIRE FUSILIERS (Dr AW Stott Collection)
Lot 111, 25 Mar 97
Collection: LANCASHIRE FUSILIERS (Dr AW Stott Collection)
Category: GROUPS AND SINGLE DECORATIONS FOR GALLANTRY
Estimate: £300-£350
Hammer Price: £380


Description
An M.B.E. and Passchendaele M.C. group of four awarded to Captain R. L. Busby, 2/8th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers
Four: The Order of the British Empire, M.B.E. (Military) 2nd type; Military Cross, G.V.R.; British War and Victory Medals, M.I.D. (Capt. R. L. Busby) good very fine (4)
Footnote
M.C. London Gazette 6 April 1918: ‘For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. On his commanding officer becoming a casualty, he took charge of the situation, communicated with the forward troops, and sent messages to Brigade Headquarters under difficulties. He collected men from various units scattered about in shell holes and sent them forward under a responsible leader. The men though tired out, were everywhere inspired by his coolness and tact.’

M.I.D. London Gazette 23 May 1918. Awarded for the March Retreat in 1918 where he was captured and spent the remainder of the war as a prisoner of war.

M.B.E. London Gazette 9 June 1938, for political and public services in Manchester and Salford