War Service

Scope and Content

This series includes notes concerning the convoy of explosives King drove in 1940, for which he received the Military Cross; a published copy of the work of the geologists during the First World War; and military and commemorative medals.

Administrative / Biographical History

King was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Seventh Battalion of the Royal Welch Fusiliers in October 1914. In 1915 the Chief Engineer British Expeditionary Force (BEF France) requested the War Office send out a geologist to advise on water. King was awarded an OBE for his services during the First World War. During 1939 King was called up from the Army Officers Emergency Reserve to go as a geologist to the Engineer in Chief, British Expediatry Force (BEF), France. He was awarded a Military Cross for convoying high explosives from Boulogne to Bailleul and Cassel.


This series has been arranged into the following sub-series to reflect the type of records maintained or collected by William King and/or his family.

  • WBRK 2/1 Notes
  • WBRK 2/2 Published texts
  • WBRK 2/3 War medals