Harry Styles

Medals awarded

  • The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire
  • India General Service Medal 1936-1939 with clasps for North West Frontier 1936-1937 and North West Frontier 1937-39
  • 1939-1945 Star
  • Africa Star 1940-1943
  • Burma Star 1941-1945
  • Defence Medal 1939-1945
  • British War Medal 1939-45

Medals pictured left to right as per bullet pointed list above.

Harry Alexander Styles joined the Green Howards in 1935 and served with them in Waziristan (now in Pakistan) between 1936-1939.

At the outbreak of the Second World War he transferred to the Royal West African Frontier Force. He  served in East Africa and as part of the so called ‘Forgotten 14th Army’ fighting against the Japanese in Burma. The colours on the ribbon of the Burma Star represent: dark blue (British Forces), red (Commonwealth Forces) and the centre orange strip (the sun).

By the end of the war he was commanding a battalion of the Nigerian Regiment. Afterwards, he served in various War Office staff appointments and commanded the 1st Battalion of the Green Howards in Dover and Hong Kong between 1955-59.