The Stories of the Soldiers
The Military Galleries Introductory Case- Abington Park Museum
History Curator at Northampton Museums and Art Gallery
Over the next few months we will be revealing the stories of the soldiers in our new Military Galleries Introductory Case at Abington Park Museum. Each month will highlight a different soldier on our blog. After reading about the individuals who served in the Northamptonshire Regiment and Northamptonshire Yeomanry, visit the case at Abington Park Museum to see their medals in person.
Regimental Sergeant Major George A. Jelley MBE
The Northamptonshire Yeomanry, The 1st Northamptonshire Yeomanry
2nd October 1898 – 4th October 1986
Image Courtesy of the Northamptonshire Yeomanry Association Benevolent Fund
MBE – awarded for service in the Territorial Army.
British War Medal 1914 – 1918 – awarded for service in the First World War.
Victory Medal 1914 – 1919 – awarded for service in the First World War.
1939 – 1945 Star– awarded for service during the Second World War.
France and Germany Star 1944 – 1945– awarded for service in North West Europe during 1944 – 1945.
Defence Medal 1939 – 1945– awarded for services during the Second World War.
Territorial Efficiency Medal King George V – awarded for long service in the Territorial Army.
Territorial Efficiency Medal King George VI – awarded for long service in the Territorial Army.
War Medal (MID) 1939 – 1945- awarded for a minimum of 28 days service during the Second World War with Oakleaf emblem for those mentioned in dispatches.
Coronation Medal 1953 – awarded to commemorate the Coronation of Elizabeth II in 1953.
George A. Jelley spent most of his life serving as a soldier. Although underage, he joined the Royal Artillery at 17 years old in 1916. He served with the Northamptonshire Yeomanry from 1920 until 1967.
In the Second World War George served as Regimental Sergeant Major of the 1st Northamptonshire Yeomanry. He was involved in a number of actions such as ‘Operation Overlord’ in the Normandy campaign, the conflict in Holland in 1944, and the Rhine Crossings campaign to push the German Army across the Rhine in Belgium and Holland in 1945.
After the war, George returned to Northampton and worked as a checker for the Northampton Brewery Company. He also continued to be active in the Northamptonshire Yeomanry Territorial Army and was Secretary for the Northamptonshire Yeomanry Association until 1984.
In 1957 he was granted an MBE for his services and in 1967 he became the longest serving member of the Territorial Army in the country with 51 years’ service.