First World War Medals to Casualties
First World War Medals now a separate category


 

1914/15 Star, British War & Victory Medals to Private Walter John Long, Middlesex Regiment, born in Holborn, Middlesex in 1892 a Clerk at the Army & Navy Stores he attested for the 11th Battalion serving in France from 31st May 1915. On 4th May 1916 he was on leave and married in Battersea, London, returning to France shortly after he was killed in action with the 1st Battalion 15th July 1916 aged 24 years in his Battalion’s attack on the Switch Line, Somme sector in which they suffered 321 casualties. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

1914/15 Star, British War & Victory Medals

G/959 Pte W J Long Middx R

With copy Medal Index Card and research listed here from on line records. With original transmission letters for the British War & Victory Medals (2).

Walter John Long was born in Holborn, Middlesex in 1892, the 1911 census records he is an 18 year old Clerk at the Army & Navy Stores residing with his father Alfred a retired Police Detective, mother Elizabeth and four sisters at 26 Crown Terrace, Richmond on Thames. Attesting for the 11th Battalion Middlesex Regiment he served in France from 31st May 1915. Returning home on leave he married Alice Maude Clarke at St Michael’s Church, Battersea, London on 4th May 1916. In July 1916 he was serving with the 1st Battalion which arrived on the Somme 9th July 1916. Killed in action 15th July 1916 aged 24 years in his Battalion’s attack on the Switch Line, heavy Machine Gun fire on both flanks brought the advance to a stand still after advancing through the village of Bazentin-le-Petit, casualties recorded as 321 killed and wounded. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

EF £175 Available

 


 

1914/15 Star, British War & Victory Medals to Private John Staley, 17th (2nd City or Pals) Battalion Manchester Regiment a former Errand Boy originally from Collyhurst, Manchester born in 1894. An original 17th Battalion soldier serving with ‘B’ Company, 8 Platoon he enlisted in Manchester and served in France from 8th November 1915. On 1st July 1916 the 17th Battalion took part in the attack on Montauban, which they entered with 16th Battalion at 1005. Consolidating their gains they were relieved two days later having suffered 8 officers and 340 other rank casualties. Killed in action 10th July 1916 aged 22 years in the attack on Trones Wood, Somme sector. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

1914/15 Star, British War & Victory Medals

8873 Pte J Staley Manch R

With copy Medal Index Card and research listed here from on line records. Manchester Regiment cap badge pin and catch reverse.

Johan Staley was born John Edward Staley in Collyhurst, Manchester in 1894, the 1911 census records he is a 15 year old Errand Boy residing with his father John Edward a Plumber with the Manchester Corporation Gas Department, mother Margaret Ann three sisters and one brother at 15 Sudbury Street, Queen’s Park, Manchester. Enlisting at Manchester he was an original member of the 17th Battalion serving in ‘B’ Company, 8 Platoon in France from 8th November 1915. Part of 90th Brigade, 30th Division the 17th assembled in Cambridge Copse for the attack on Montauban in the early hours of 1st July 1916. Moving forward with the 16th Battalion along the east side of Talus Bois at 0830, the official history of the Great War notes both Battalions being with remarkable steadiness and enthusiasm. Reaching Train Alley they halted and awaited orders to move on. The advance continued, all Company Commanders becoming casualties, Montauban was entered at 1005 and captured positions consolidated. Relieved two days later. Total casualties recorded as 8 officers and 340 other ranks killed and wounded.

Killed in action 10th July 1916 aged 22 years during the attack on Trones Wood. Advancing from Bernafay Wood at 0600, due to gas shelling respirators were worn, eye pieces misting up from rain caused lack of direction. Eastern end of wood reached at 0800, the Battalion later suffering high casualties from enemy shelling and forced to withdraw, less a party of 40 men, to Bernafay Wood. The 40 man party resisting counter attack until overwhelmed. Commemorated by name on the Thiepval Memorial. Originally posted as missing The Manchester Evening News of 15th May 1917 page 4 officially reported John Staley as killed in action on 10th July 1916. The Manchester Evening News of 10th July 1917 page 4 published the following –

“In loving memory of Pte John Staley 8873, 17th Manch (2nd Pals) KIA 10th July 1916, one year has passed our hearts still sore, as time goes on, we miss him more, God took him home it was his will, but in our hearts he liveth still.” Father, mother, sisters and brothers, 15 Sudbury Street, Queen’s Park.

GVF & better £200 SOLD


 

1914/15 Star, British War & Victory Medals to Private Thomas Winter, 7th Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment. Born in Medomsley, Co Durham in 1891 and a Coal Miner at Roddymoor Colliery, he enlisted on 10th November 1914 and arrived in France on 13th July 1915. On 1st July 1916 the 7th Battalion were in support during the attack on Fricourt, Somme sector taking over the British front line shortly after Zero. Attacking at 1433 they could not reach their objective in the face of heavy Machine Gun fire, ‘B’ Company was unable to get out of its trench. Killed in action 7th July 1916 aged 25 years during an unsuccessful bombing attack on Quadrangle Alley and Quadrangle support in which the Battalion suffered 145 casualties. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

1914/15 Star, British War & Victory Medals

15045 Pte T Winter E York R

With copy Medal Index Card, casualty details, details from his on line service record and research listed here from other on line sources. Original letter forwarding the 1914/15 Star.

Thomas Winter was born in Medomsley, Co Durham in 1891, the son of John Thomas and Ruth Winter of 65 West Chilton, Ferry Hill, Co Durham. A 23 year 9 month old Coal Miner at Roddymoor Colliery, he attested for the 7th Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment at Ferry Hill 10th November 1914. Serving in France from 13th July 1915, the Battalion was in support of the attack on  Fricourt, Somme sector taking over the British front line shortly after Zero. Attacking at 1433, they could not reach their objective in the face of heavy Machine Gun fire, ‘B’ Company was unable to get out of its trench, relieved the following day having suffered 123 casualties. Killed in action 7th July 1916 aged 25 years during a bombing attack on Quadrangle Alley and Quadrangle support, Somme sector failed, the Battalion suffering 145 casualties. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

A photo of Private Winter appears on the North East War Memorials Project Web Site.

NEF £175 Available


 

1914/15 Star, British War & Victory Medals to Private Harry Humphrey, 11th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers a former Colliery Labourer above ground, born in Quay Corner, Jarrow on Tyne in 1896. Serving in France from 25th August 1915, he was killed in action in the attack on Bailiff Wood, Somme sector 7th July 1916. aged 19 years. His Battalion came under heavy Machine Gun fire from Contalmaison during the attack, suffering 264 casualties. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

1914/15 Star, British War & Victory Medals

15563 Pte H Humphrey North’d Fus

With copy Medal Index Card, casualty details and research listed here from on line sources.

Harry Humphrey was born in Quay Corner, Jarrow on Tyne in 1896, the son of Edmund Eckford Humphrey a Raftman for a Timber Merchant and his wife Sarah. The 1911 census records Harry is a 14 year old Colliery Labourer above ground residing at 91 Brussels Street, Gateshead with his widowed father and two sisters. Enlisting at North Shields he served in France with the 11th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers from 25th August 1915. Killed in action 7th July 1916 aged 19 years during his Battalion’s attack on Bailiff Wood, Somme sector in which it suffered 264 casualties mainly from German Machine Gun fire from the direction of Contalmaison. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

EF £175 Available


 

British War & Victory Medals to Private Albert Edward Budgen, 2nd Battalion Rifle Brigade a former employee of Islington Council, London, born in Edmonton Middlesex in 1879 he married in Shoreditch in 1910. Serving in France after January 1916, he was killed in action 9th November 1916 whilst entering the front line trenches at Trones Wood Somme sector. Aged 37 years he is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial and on the Islington Council Roll of Honour.

British War & Victory Medals

B.200603 Pte A E Budgen Rif Brig

With copy Medal Index Card confirming British War & Victory Medals only awarded, casualty details and research listed here from on line sources.

Albert Edward Budgen was born in Edmonton, Middlesex in 1879, he married in Shoreditch, Agatha Rose in 1910 (born Westminster 1887) and was employed by the Islington Council. Almost certainly a conscript he originally served as 5967 London Regiment but transferred to the Rifle Brigade serving in France with the 2nd Battalion after January 1916. The 2nd Battalion took part in the assault on Ovillers on 1st July 1916 as part of 25th Brigade, 8th Division. They were later to take part in the attack on Zenith Trench, Somme sector which cost them 238 casualties. Arriving at Trones Wood 25th October they entered the front line 28th October to 30th October and again from 9th November 1916 when Private Budgen was killed. Aged 37 years he is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial and on the Islington Council Roll of Honour.

GVF £85 Available


 

British War & Victory Medals to Private Ernest Frederick Trott, Army Service Corps a former Chauffeur and Mechanic from Lambeth, London born in 1891. Enlisting for the Army Service Corps Motor Transport 1st November 1915, he served in France from 10th April 1916 initially with 1st Australian Division Ammunition Sub Park. Transferring to 17th Division Ammunition Sub Park he was killed in action 5th November 1916 in the vicinity of Zenith Trench, Somme sector aged 25 years. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial and St Marks Church Memorial, Kennington Oval, London SE11.

British War & Victory Medals

M2-135721 Pte E F Trott ASC

With copy Medal Index Card confirming British War & Victory Medals only awarded, casualty details and research listed here from his on line service record.

Ernest Frederick Trott was born in Lambeth in 1891, the 1911 census records he is a 21 year old Railway Messenger residing with his father Henry a Bookbinder, mother Alice Rosalina at 42 Fentiman Road, Clapham, London. Ernest was one of eleven children, at the time of his enlistment into the Army Service Corps Motor Transport on 1st November 1915 he was a Chauffeur and Mechanic. Joining 609 Motor Transport Company in England he arrived in France 10th April 1916 and joined 1st Australian Division Ammunition Sub Park the following day. Transferring to 17th Division Ammunition Sub Park 19th April 1916, he was killed in action in the vicinity of Zenith Trench Somme sector 5th November 1916 aged 25 years, almost certainly by shell fire whilst bringing up ammunition. On 2nd November 1916 51st Brigade, 17th Division took the remainder of Zenith Trench following a surprise attack and repelled a counter attack. The following day the Germans launched a second counter attack which was repulsed.

Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial and the St Marks Church War Memorial, Kennington Oval, London SE11.

EF £75 Available


 

British War & Victory Medals with Bronze Memorial Plaque to Private John Smith, 12th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers originally from Little Thurlow, Suffolk born in 1898. Enlisting in March 1915, he was killed in action 16th September 1916 by shell fire aged 18 years whilst occupying front line trenches east of Flers. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

British War & Victory Medals

35426 Pte J Smith North’d Fus

Bronze Memorial Plaque

John Smith

With copy Medal Index Card confirming British War & Victory Medals only awarded, casualty details and research listed here.

John Smith was born in Thurlow, Suffolk in 1899, the 1911 census records he is a 12 year old Schoolboy residing at Bradley Road, Little Thurlow, Suffolk with his father Frederick a Farm Labourer, mother Jane, two brothers and five sisters. Enlisting at Bury St Edmonds in March 1915 aged 16 years, he served with the 12th Battalion in France after January 1916 and was killed in action 22nd September 1916 aged 18 years by shell fire in the front line trenches at Flers, one of three soldiers of this Battalion killed that day. All three were buried but their graves were lost when subsequent actions destroyed them and John Smith is now commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

The 12th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers were part of 62nd Brigade, 21st Division and were in Reserve at Empress Support and Queen’s Redoubt on 1st July 1916. They subsequently too part in the attack on Shelter Wood 3rd July 1916 and clearing Mametz Wood on 11th July, by this time they had suffered 30 officer and 507 other rank casualties. Moving into trenches east of Flers on 22nd September 1916, they remained in the front line until 30th September.

EF £195 Available


 

1914/15 Star, British War & Victory Medals with Bronze Memorial Plaque and photograph to Lance Corporal John Smith 43rd Company Machine Gun Corps late 6th Battalion King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry from Headingley, Yorkshire born in 1896. Serving in France from 21st May 1915 by the time of the 1916 Somme offensive he was serving with 43rd Company MGC, 14th (Light) Division. Killed in action 16th September 1916 aged 20 years during the battle of Flers – Courcelette, commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

1914/15 Star

11620 Pte J Smith KOYLI

British War & Victory Medals

11620 Pte J Smith KOYLI

Bronze Memorial Plaque

John Smith

With copy Medal Index Card, casualty details and research listed here.

The Bronze Memorial Plaque in card envelope with Buckingham Palace letter.

John Smith was born in Headingley, Yorkshire in 1896, the son of John Robert Smith a Brick Maker’s Labourer and his wife Sarah in 1901 the family were residing at 16 Vicarage Street, Kirkstall, Leeds. Enlisting at Leeds, he served with the 6th Battalion King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry in France from 21st May 1915. By the time of the 1916 Somme offensive he was a Lance Corporal with 43rd Company Machine Gun Corps, 14th (Light) Division. Killed in action 16th September 1916 aged 20 years he is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

The Battle of Flers – Courcelette 15th to 22nd September commenced with 14th Division with two companies of 6th Battalion KOYLI and three tanks tasked with the expulsion of a pocket of Germans to the east of Delville Wood before Zero Hour. The Division made good progress, at 1845 the Germans counter attacked down the Guedecourt-Ginchy Roadand later from the north east, but were repulsed. On 16th September the advance continued, the 14th Division’s creeping barrage being weak and inaccurate, on the right 6th Battalion Somerset Light Infantry came under fire from Gas Alley and made little progress. West of the Ginchy – Gueudecourt Road, 10th Battalion Durham Light Infantry came under severe fire from the front and right flank and took cover in shell holes. The 6th KOYLI and 6th Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry attempted to reinforce but suffered the same fate. A renewed attack at 1855 met with failure.

GVF £275 SOLD


 

1914/15 Star, British War & Victory Medals to Lance Corporal John Farrington, King’s Royal Rifle Corps a former House Painter originally from Blackburn born in 1890. Enlisting at Bolton he served with the 12th Battalion in France from 24th July 1915. Arriving on the Somme at the end of July 1916 the Battalion  saw heavy fighting at Guillemont in August and Trones Wood in September. Killed in action 18th September 1916 aged 26 years whilst defending the Battalion’s positions opposite Morval during an enemy attack. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

1914/15 Star, British War & Victory Medals

R-8990 Pte J Farrington K R Rif C

With research listed here, flattened card boxes of issue, forwarding letter for the 1914/15 Star, remains of Registered envelope.

John Farrington was born in Blackburn, Lancashire in 1890, the 1911 census records he is a 21 year old House Painter residing at 620 Tonge Moor Road, Bolton, Lancashire with his 51 year old father Thomas a Railway Telegraph Foreman, widower (mother Ann deceased), one sister and one brother. Enlisting at Bolton, he served with the 12th Battalion King’s Royal Rifle Corps in France from 243th July 1915. His Battalion arrived on the Somme in late July 1916, moving to front line trenches opposite Guillemont  on 27th August, they beat off enemy attacks on 29th and 30th. Moving to the west of Trones Wood they beat off an enemy attack on 4th September and moving to front line positions opposite Morval repulsed enemy attacks on 17th and 18th September when John Farrington was killed. Aged 26 years he is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial and the Bolton War Memorial.

EF £185 SOLD

 


 

1914/15 Star, British War and Victory Medals to Private Ernest Curtis, 5th Battalion Wiltshire Regiment a former Farm Labourer born in Leigh, Wiltshire in 1878. Enlisting at Devizes, Wiltshire he served in Gallipoli from 17th September 1915 and died of exposure 29th November 1915 aged 37 years whilst his Battalion were working on constructing a communication trench known as Beaufort Road near Scimitar Hill. He now rests in an identified grave in the Green Hill Cemetery, Turkey.

1914/15 Star, British War & Victory Medals

18235 Pte E Curtis Wilts R

With copy Medal Index Card, casualty details and other research listed here.

Ernest Curtis was born in Leigh, Wiltshire  in 1878 the son of Eli and Rachael Curtis. The 1911 census records he is a 31 year old (sic) Farm Labourer residing with his 43 year old wife Jane, two stepsons and one daughter in West Mill Lane, Crickdale, Wiltshire. Attesting at Devizes, he joined the 5th Battalion Wiltshire Regiment in Gallipoli 17th September 1915 and spent most of October working on communication trenches and occupying the front line. In November the 5th Wiltshires began constructing Beaufort Road Communication trench. Ernest Curtis died of exposure on 20th November 1915 aged 37 years and now rests in an identified grave in Green Hill cemetery, he is also commemorated on the Crickdale War Memorial. His next of kin is recorded as his wife Jane of 2 Leigh Manor Cottages, Crickdale, near Swindon, Wiltshire.

GVF & better £195 Available


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1914/15 Star, British War and Victory Medals  to Acting Sergeant John Thomas James Egan, West Riding Regiment born in 1889 in Manchester. Attesting fior the Gordon Highlanders in October 1906, he fraudulently enlisted into the 7th Dragoon Guards in September 1908 as a Bandsman. Whilst serving in India he attempted suicide on 14th June 1911 by shooting himself with his revolver, the first round missed, the second went through his upper chest. Recovering in hospital he continued to serve and in October 1915 was posted to the 8th Battalion West Riding Regiment where he gained promotion to acting Sergeant. Serving in Gallipoli and France he was killed in action during the assault on Hessian Trench, Somme sector 29th / 30th September 1916 aged 27 years. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

1914/15 Star

16719 Pte J T J Egan W Rid R

British War & Victory Medals

16719 A SJT J T J Egan W Rid R

With details recorded here from his on line service record.

John Thomas James Egan was born in Manchester in 1889, he attested for the Gordon Highlanders at Willesden 19th October 1906. Whilst still serving with the Gordons he fraudulently attested for the 7th Dragoon Guards as a Bandsman 16th September 1908. Whilst serving with his Regiment at Secunderabad, India he attempted suicide by shooting himself with his revolver, the first round missed but the second went through his upper chest. Found by an on duty Indian Police Officer he was rushed in a cart to hospital where he made a full recovery. The reasons given for the attempted suicide were he was worried about his sick mother and sister at home and he felt he could do nothing right in the Band.

Continuing to serve in the Army he was promoted Acting Corporal 23rd September 1915 and posted to the 8th Battalion West Riding Regiment 27th October 1915 in Gallipoli. Evacuated first to Imbros, promoted acting Sergeant 20th March 1916 he embarked at Alexandria with his Regiment for France 25th June 1916. The 8th Battalion arrived on the Somme 6th September 1916, taking part in an attack on 14th September, they captured all their objectives around Thiepval. A counter attack being repulsed the following day, casualties recorded as 258 killed and wounded. Killed in action during the attack and capture of Hessian Trench 29th / 30th September 1916 aged 27 years. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial Commonwealth War Graves Commission record his next of kin as his wife Mrs Kate Dunmore (who re-married 25th December 1918) of Clapton, London E5, the son of Daniel and Ellen Egan of 334 Chester Road, Old Trafford, Manchester.

EF £175 Available

 

 


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1914/15 Star, British War & Victory Medals to Private Arthur Henry Twort, 6th Battalion Wiltshire Regiment a former Cement Manufacturing Works Cooper born in Eccles, Kent. Enlisting in Marylebone, London initially for the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry he transferred to the Wiltshire Regiment and served in France from 19th July 1915. Killed in action 2nd July 1916 aged 25 years during his Battalion’s assault on La Boisselle, Somme sector. Assaulting the western end of the village they cleared it and consolidated by 2100 that evening at a cost of 316 casualties.

1914/15 Star, British War & Victory Medals

17817 Pte A H Twort Wilts R

With details here extracted from on line documents, copy Newspaper article with photo depicted here, copy birth certificate, original silk ribbons to BWM and Vict.

Arthur Henry Twort was born in Eccles, Kent 2nd August 1890, the 1911 census records he is a 20 year old Cooper employed at the Cement Manufacturing Works, residing with his father Walter Rolls Twort a Foreman Cooper at the same Works, his mother Eleanor Elizabeth, 2 brothers and 1 sister at Little Culland Cottage, Great Rowlands, Burnham, Kent. Attesting for the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry (Private number 15366) at Marylebone, London he transferred to the Wiltshire Regiment and served with the 6th Battalion in France from 19th July 1915.

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From : The Kent Messenger 12th August 1916 page 5

On 1st July 1916, the first day of the Somme offensive the 6th Battalion moved forward from Albert and on 2nd July took part in the operations around La Boisselle, assaulting the western end of the village and clearing it by 2100 that evening having sustained 312 casualties. Killed in action during this assault aged 25 years Arthur Henry Twort is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

NEF £250 Available


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1914/15 Star, British War & Victory Medals to Private Joseph Bradley, 14th (Pioneer) Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers. Born in Bishop Auckland, Co Durham he was employed as an underground Coal Miner and Pony Putter  before enlisting. Serving in France from 9th September 1915, the 14th Battalion had assisted 63rd and 64th Brigades during the attack on Fricourt, Somme sector 1st July 1916. Killed in action whilst wiring 21st Division front lines at Gueudecourt, Somme sector 29th September 1916 aged 24 years. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

1914/15 Star, British War & Victory Medals

18746 Pte J Bradley North’d Fus

With details here extracted from on line documents, original silk ribbons.

Joseph Bradley was born in Bishop Auckland, Co Durham, the 1911 census records he is a 19 year old Underground Coal Miner and Puny Putter (Driver of a Pony drawing a Mine Waggon) residing at 11 Bridge Street, Bishop Auckland with his widowed father George also an Underground Coal Miner and Waggon man and two younger brothers. Enlisting at Bishop Auckland he served with the 14th (Pioneer) Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers in France from 9th September 1915.

The 14th Battalion were the Pioneer Battalion of 21st Division and on 1st July 1916, the first day of the Somme offensive had assisted 63rd and 64th Brigades in their attack on Fricourt. Killed in action 29th September 1916 aged 24 years whilst wiring 21st Division’s front line at Gueudecourt. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

GVF & better £175 Available


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The sons of Charles and Jane Seward of Nuneaton, Warwickshire

1914/15 Star, British War & Victory Medals to Private Lewis Seward, 1/5th Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment a former Domestic Groom born in Buckworth, Cambridgeshire he enlisted at Nuneaton originally for the 7th Battalion and served in Gallipoli from 28th August 1915. Taking part in the attack and capture of Chunuk Bair on the morning of 8th August the Battalion suffered 361 casualties, killed wounded and missing. Transferring to the 1st and later 1/5th Battalion he was killed in action 4th November 1916 aged 25 years in the front line trenches north west of Le Sars, Somme sector. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

1914/15 Star, British War Medal to Private Walter Seward, 6th Battalion South Lancashire Regiment a former Errand Boy for a Boot shop born in Nuneaton, Warwickshire he enlisted at Nuneaton and served in Gallipoli from 24th November 1915. Killed in action Mesopotamia 25th February 1917 aged 21 years. Commemorated on the Basra Memorial.

1914/15 Star, British War & Victory Medals

20269 Pte L Seward Glouc R

1914/15 Star& British War Medal

19061 Pte W Seward S Lan R

With details here extracted from on line documents.

Lewis Seward was born in Buckworth, Cambridgeshire the 1911 census records he is a 20 year old Domestic Groom residing at 38 Fitton Street, Nuneaton, Warwickshire with his father Charles a Carter employed by the Borough Council, mother Jane two brothers (including Walter) and sister. Enlisting at Nuneaton, he first served with the 7th Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment in Gallipoli from 28th August 1915, the Battalion going straight into action capturing Chunuk Bair sustaining 361 casualties in the process. Later transferring to the 1st Battalion and finally the 1/5th Battalion he was killed in action 4th November 1916 in the from line trenches north west of Le Sars, Somme sector. Aged 25 years he is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

Walter Seaward his was born in Nuneaton, Warwickshire the 1911 census records he is an Errand Boy for a Boot Shop residing with his brother at the above address. Enlisting at Nuneaton he served with the 6th Battalion South Lancashire Regiment in Gallipoli from 24th November 1915 and later Mesopotamia where he was killed in action 25th February 1917 aged 21 years. Commemorated on the Basra Memorial.

GVF & better £325 Available


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British War Medal, Mercantile Marine War Medal with Memorial Plaque to Fireman and Trimmer Joseph Morton, Merchant Navy. Born in Liverpool in 1874 he was lost aboard the Cargo Ship SS Highland Harris when she was torpedoed by the German Submarine U-96 off County Mayo 6th August 1918, 24 lives were lost.

British War Medal & Mercantile Marine War Medal

Joseph Morton

Bronze Memorial Plaque

Jospeh Morton

With research listed here.

Joseph Morton was born in Liverpool in 1874, he was a Fireman and Trimmer serving in the Merchant Navy aboard the Cargo Ship SS Highland Harris (Nelson Line built 1904) when she was torpedoed and sunk by the German Submarine U-96 on 6th August 1918. Morton was one of 24 crew lost and in commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial.

The SS Highland Harris was on a voyage from Liverpool to Rio de Janeiro carrying a general cargo and livestock. She was hit by the first torpedo when 82 miles off the coast of County Mayo, Ireland. A second torpedo hit soon after and she sank fairly rapidly.

Mercantile Marine Medal pairs with Memorial Plaques fairly scarce on the market. First time on the market.

EF £375 SOLD


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British War and Victory Medals to Private Wilfred Earthy 1/9th Battalion London Regiment (Queen Victoria’s Rifles) from Hersham, Surrey. Born in 1897 he served in France from 2nd February 1916 and was killed in action 1st July 1916 the First Day of the Somme offensive aged 18 years. The 1/9th Battalion were on the right of 169th Brigade’s attack on Gommecourt and sustained 545 casualties.  Initially the assault was a success, but a series of determined and strong counter attacks eventually forced the Battalion to withdraw, by 1900 the survivors were back in their trenches. Commemorated by name on the Thiepval Memorial.

British War and Victory Medals

4329 Pte W Earthy 9-Lond R

With copy Medal Index Card, casualty details and research listed here.

Wilfred Earthy was born in Hersham, Surrey in 1897, the 1911 census records he is a 13 year old Scholar residing with his father Frederick Richard Earthy a Domestic Gardener, mother Helena and siblings at Hersham Road, Walton on Thames, Surrey. Enlisting in London he served with the 1/9th Battalion London Regiment in France from 2nd February 1916 and was killed in action 1st July 1916 aged 18 years in his Battalion’s attack on Gommecourt in which it sustained 545 casualties.

At 0625 1st July 1916 an intensive bombardment commenced on the German lines and at 0720 smoke was released, at 0725 the first two companies moved forward and at 0730 the assault commenced, the Artillery barrage lifting off the first line of German trenches. A German counter barrage commenced at this time. At 0948 the assaulting companies had reached their objective and occupied Feud, Fellow and Fell after heavy fighting, they did not get in touch with the Battalion on the right. The third company was by now consolidating the German second Line. The Germans were pressing hard at this time and a shortage of bombs became apparent. At 1230 the German counter attack increased in force and companies were driven back from the third line to the second and at 1400 were driven back to the first line, at 1900 survivors were driven out of the first line and returned to their trenches.

Wilfred Earthy is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

GVF £375 Available


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Silver War Badge to Lieutenant Colonel Cecil Du Pre Powney, OBE, FRGS, JP, Hampshire Regiment late Grenadier Guards. The son of Madras Supreme Court Judge Edward Penton Powney, educated Eton and Trinity College Cambridge he was first commissioned in 1884 and served with the Grenadier Guards until 1894 including the Suakin operations of 1885. Commanding the 3rd Battalion Hampshire Regiment 1914 to 1916 at home, he was then appointed Divisional Commander London Metropolitan Police 1916 to 1919, awarded OBE for these services. A High Sherriff of Hampshire, he died in 1936.

Silver War Badge numbered and engraved

149998 ‘Lt Col Powney Hants Regt 1914-16’

With research recorded below from on line sources, copy SWB roll entry confirming.

Lt Colonel Cecil Du Pre Powney

Born 21st August 1862 in London,  son of Edward Penton Powney, formerly Judge of the Supreme Court of Madras, of Fyfield House, Andover, married Ethel Mary daughter of Colonel Norton Knatchbull of Onelton, Andover. Educated Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge, first commissioned 2/Lieutenant Northamptonshire Regiment 14th May 1884,  Lieutenant Grenadier Guards 21st May 1884,  served in the Sudan Expedition of 1885 (Medal and clasp Suakin 1885, Bronze Star), ADC to Lord Frankfort de Montmorency 6th July 1891, Captain 23rd October 1895 retired from Grenadier Guards 1894, Major Hampshire Regiment Militia 30th April 1904. Director Liberian International Corporation,. Commanded 3rd (Special Reserve) Battalion Hampshire Regiment 4th August 1914 to 4th January 1916, commanded ‘B’ Division London Metropolitan Special Constabulary 1917 to 1919, awarded the OBE for these services London Gazette 7th January 1919 page 471. Formed the Powney Freemason’s Lodge No 3099, appointed High Sheriff of the County of Southampton 1904 to 1905, residing at Bambridge House, Bishopstoke, Hampshire, Officer of the Order of St John of Jerusalem London Gazette 23rd June 1931 page 4072. He died in 1936.

GVF £135 Available

 


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British War & Victory Medals to Private Bernard John Osborn, Royal Warwickshire Regiment, born in Market Bosworth in 1889, the son of a Farmer. Serving with the 1/5th Battalion in France after January 1916, his Battalion releasing smoke for the attack on Gommecourt 1st July 1916, it was later to take part in the attacks on Ovillers 16th July, Poziers on 23rd July and Leipzig Redoubt 18th August. Killed in action whilst holding the front line Le Sars sector 10th November 1916 aged 27 years. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

British War & Victory Medals

6144 Pte B J Osborn R War R

With copy Medal Index Card confirming British war & Victory Medals only awarded, casualty details.

Bernard John Osborn was born in Market Bosworth, Leicestershire in 1889, the 1901 census records he is 12 years old residing at Pool House, Newbold Verdon, Market Bosworth with his father Joseph Henry a Farmer and mother Emma, he has one brother. Not identified on the 1911 census he enlisted at Coventry and served with the 1/5th Battalion in France. Part of 143rd Brigade, 48th (South Midland) Division they provided smoke cover for the attack on Gommecourt 1st July 1916 which ended in failure. On 16th July they too part in the attack on Ovillers taking the German second line and held their positions against six counter attacks. In action at Poziers 23rd July when an attempt to link up with the Australian Division failed and the attack on Leipzig Redoubt 18th August which they captured. Killed in action whilst manning the front line Le Sars Sector 10th November 1916 aged 27 years, commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

GVF & better £80 Reserved 


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Queen’s South Africa Medal clasps Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal, South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902, British War & Victory Medals to Sergeant Herbert George Thomson, King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment a former Clerk from Lambeth, London. Enlisting in January 1896 he served with the 1st Battalion in Malta, Hong Kong and Singapore before joining the 19th Company and 23rd Mounted Infantry in South Africa. Returning to England in April 1903, he transferred to the Army Reserve in September 1905 at his own request having been reduced to Private for drunkenness. Re-engaging in January 1908 for the Reserve he was discharged in January 1912. Re-enlisting at Shoreditch in 1915 he served with the 8th Battalion in France. Killed in action 16th August 1916 aged 40 years during the unsuccessful attack on Lonely Trench near Guillemont, Somme sector. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

Queen’s South Africa Medal clasps Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal, South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902

4991 SERJT H G Thomson R Lanc Regt MI

British War & Victory Medals

18265 A-SJT H G Thomson R Lanc R

With copy Medal Index Card confirming the British War & Victory Medals only awarded for 1WW, details extracted from his on line service record.

Herbert George Thomson was born in Lambeth, London a 20 year old Clerk he attested for the King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment in London 20th January 1896 ststing his next of kin as his mother Mary, 69 St Georges Road, Southwark, Surrey. Posted to the 2nd Battalion in May 1896, appointed Lance Corporal May 1897, he transferred to the 1st Battalion in November 1897 in Malta, serving in Hong Kong from 25th November 1897 to 16th January 1899, promoted Corporal in February 1898, served Singapore 17th January 1899 to 26th March 1900 he returned to the UK. Appointed Lance Sergeant September 1900, promoted Sergeant April 1901, he embarked for South Africa 6th May 1901. Serving with 19th Company Mounted Infantry with the rank of Colour Sergeant from May 1901, he was found guilty of drunkenness whilst on active service by Court Martial in January 1902 and reduced to Sergeant and posted to 23rd Company Mounted Infantry.

Joining the 2nd Battalion in Natal in September 1902 he embarked for the UK in April 1903. Reduced to Corporal in September 1905 for drunkenness and to Private for misconduct shortly after, he transferred to the Army Reserve at his own request in September 1905. Re-engaging for the Reserve in January 1908, he was discharged from the Reserve, on completion of engagement. The 1911 census records he is a 36 year old Printer’s Labourer residing at 69 St George’s Road, Southwark with his 71 year old widowed mother Mary Elizabeth. Re-enlisting at Shoreditch, London in 1915 he served with the 8th Battalion in France and was killed in action 16th August 1916 aged 40 years during his Battalion’s unsuccessful attack on Lonely trench near Guillemont, Somme sector. The attack went in at 1740, heavy casualties were sustained by Machine Gun and rifle fire as soon as the assault was launched. A renewed attack met a similar fate, all the officers and NCO’s of ‘B’ and ‘C’ companies becoming casualties, the attack by ‘D’ company also failed, the Battalion suffering 271 casualties. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

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1914/15 Star, British War and Victory Medals to Lance Corporal Alfred Millard, Norfolk Regiment a former Printer’s Warehouse Cropper, originally from Greenfield, Luton Bedfordshire. Enlisting in London he served with the 7th Battalion in France from 30th May 1915, taking part in the battle of Loos from 30th September 1915. Arriving on the Somme 1st July 1916 as part of 35th Brigade, 12th (Eastern) Division. Killed in action 12th August 1916 aged 22 years in his Battalion’s successful attack and capture of Skyine Trench. Occupying it, patrols were sent out towards Nab Valley which were strongly resisted.

1914/15 Star, British War and Victory Medals

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Alfred Millard was born in Greenfield, near Luton, Bedfordshire, the 1911 census records he is a 16 year old Printer’s Warehouse Cropper residing with his 43 year old widowed mother Jane and two brothers at 8 St George’s Circus, Blackfriars Road, Southwark, SE London. Enlisting in London he served with the 7th Battalion Norfolk Regiment in France from 30th May 1915, the Battalion taking part in the battle of Loos from 30th September 1915. Arriving on the Somme as part of 35th Brigade, 12th (Eastern) Division on 1st July 1916, he was killed in action 12th August 1916 aged 22 years during his Battalion’s successful attack and capture of Skyline trench.

Zero hour was 2230 and after three minutes of intense bombardment the 7th Norfolk with ‘A’ and ‘B’ companies in front and ‘D’ and ‘C’ companies in support dashed forward and captured their objective, the right of Sixth Avenue at 2240. So rapid was their advance that touch with the flanks was lost. ‘C’ company worked down the trench to the left and gained touch with 9th Essex and at 2340 gained touch with the Australian 4th Division on the right. Strong points were established and the position held, patrols were sent out towards Nab Valley but met strong resistance.

Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

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