Hubert Kreyer

Medals awarded

  • DSO
  • MBE (military)
  • 1914 Star with clasp
  • British War Medal 1914-20
  • Victory Medal 1914-1919
  • 1939-45 Star
  • Defence Medal 1939-45
  • War Medal 1939-1945
  • General Service Medal 1918-62 with Palestine clasp
  • King George V Silver Jubilee Medal 1935
  • King George VI Coronation Medal 1937
  • Croix de Guerre (France)

Hubert Kreyer was born in July 1890 in Kamptee, Bengal, India, and the son of Lieutenant Colonel Frederick August Christian Kreyer, of the Indian Army.

Hurbert (Bertie) joined the Regiment as 2nd Lieutenant in March 1911. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 1914, deploying to Belgium with the 2nd Battalion in October and seeing action at Ypres. On the 11th March 1915 he was wounded at Neuve Chapelle in France, and was mentioned twice in Despatches. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Order for having shown ‘conspicuous gallantry’ on several occasions in carrying messages along the trenches under heavy fire.

He rejoined the 2nd Battalion in October 1915 and remained until March 1916 when he was evacuated home after dislocating his knee. In July 1918 he returned to France as Brigade Major of the 185th Infantry Brigade and took part in the ‘Battle of the Marne’, for which he was awarded the French Croix de Guerre. He took part in the final advance from 23rd August until Armistice.

After the war he served with the Occupation Forces in Germany and in 1919 was given the Rank of Brevet Major. He served with the 2nd Battalion in Ireland and he was awarded the OBE in 1923.

Kreyer, right, with George VI (left) in 1938.

Between the wars Kreyer served in India, China, Malta and Palestine. He commanded the 1st Battalion until 1939 when he was promoted to Command the 150 Infantry Brigade. In 1940 he deployed to France, but was invalided home in 1941.

Hubert settled in Market Drayton.  He died aged 60 and is buried in Salop Shropshire.  However, there is a memorial stone dedicated to him in St Mary’s Church, Richmond, North Yorkshire.