WW1 Memorial Scroll to a Durham Light Infantry Military Medal ( MM ) winner - Somme 1st July 1916
Not in the greatest condition with a small section torn out on the left side, it has been heavily folded at some time and the royal crest has darkened with nicotine or heat damage (from a fireplace?). It is a tad grubby, Still it is to an MM winner on the most infamous of days, the 1st July 1916. So if you have his medals this is certainly for you! Somebody has added his key details on the reverse in pencil. Other sources confirm as follows:
'The Durham Light Infantry and the Somme 1916' by John Bilcliffe
Part 3, 15th Battalion DLI, Robson, John William, 22147, MM (footnote 233 - for action on 1 July and Shelter Wood ( "Durham Forces in the Field" p48). Died of wounds 21 September 1916. (Copy of Part 3 extract to be provided).
Part 4, 15th Battalion, Battle of Flers-Courcelette, 10th September 1916, Died of Wounds: Robson, 22147, Lance Corporal John William, MM. (Copy of Part 4 extract to be provided).
MIC for WW1 medals confirms 1914-15 Trio, entering France on 11th September 1915, and his MM plus annotated as 'dead'. His MIC for his Military Medal as London Gazette 23 August 1916 (copy provided of LG entry and both of his MIC cards).
CWGC website confirms Lance Corporal J.W. Robson MM, was 15th (Service) Battalion DLI, and died 21st September 1916 aged 28 . He was from Shotton Colliery and Trimdon Grange, County Durham. He was most likely a miner and married to Isabella (Copy of CWGC certificate to be provided).