About Underwood J Saville, MC, CM
Cecil Cowley in his memoir pin points Underwood's birth to a few weeks before Cecil's mother took Cecil and his siblings to England in April1892.
He served in the army during WW! winning an MC for gallantry during the taking of the Schwaben Redoubt during the Battle of Thiepval Ridge in September 1916. He was a 2nd Lieutenant. 2nd Lt Underwood J Saville
Natal, South Africa. 118th Brigade TMB, awarded MC, Oct/Nov 1916 (LG 1-1-1917).
Cecil says: "Underwood served all through the First World War, through S W Africa at first and after that he sailed for the UK where he held a commission in the Cambridgeshire Regiment and later was transferred to trench mortars. He was awarded the MC and Bar - pinned on him at Buckingham Palace. He was wounded twice but recovered and went on to join the scratch company in the great oush of 1918 where he was badly wounded and was in hospital until May 1919, In May 1940 as a Captain in the UMR he was sent "Up North" and was captured in Tobruk and was aprisoner of war for 3 years. In 1947 [1937 in fact] King George VI awarded him the Coronation Medal for his work with the BESL and returning soldiers". The list shows: Saville, U. J. MC, Capt Representing British Empire Service League.