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Medals to Brothers –

British War and Victory Medals named to Private Arthur Lane, South Lancashire Regiment born in Bourne, Lincoln in 1876 and a former Hairdresser. Killed in Action Thiepval, Somme sector 1st November 1916 with the 7th Battalion aged 40 years, commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

British War and Victory Medals, Defence Medal and a related E2 Fire Brigade Long Service Medal named to Private Edward Lane, Lincolnshire Regiment a Hairdresser born in New Sleaford, Lincoln in 1871 with a related Fire Brigade Long Service Medal E2 to Fireman Edward J Lane.

British War and Victory Medals

31282 Pte A Lane S Lan R

British War and Victory Medals

27198 Pte E Lane Linc.R.

Defence Medal

Unnamed as Issued

E2 Fire Brigade Long Service Medal

Fireman Edward J Lane

With research listed here, the cap badges are copies.

Arthur Lane, Born Bourne, Lincolnshire in 1876. Son of Elizabeth Lane of Bourne, Lincoln. The 1901 Census records Arthur Lane aged 25 years working as a Hairdresser and living in North Street, Bourne, Lincoln with his mother and brother Edward Lane, also working as a Hairdresser. The 1911 Census records Arthur Lane aged 35 years, living with his mother and working as a Hairdresser. Serving with the 7th Battalion, South Lancashire Regiment, he was killed in Action France on 1st November 1916 in the front line at Thiepval, Somme sector. Commemorated on The Thiepval Memorial, France.

Edward Lane, born New Sleaford, Lincoln in 1872. Son of Elizabeth Lane of Bourne, Lincoln. The 1891 Census records Edward Lane aged 19 years and working as a Coach Builder. The 1911 Census records Edward Lane living on his own at 16 St Anns Street, Nottingham and working as a Hairdresser in a Tobacconist.

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1914/15 Star, British War and Victory Medals to Private Robert Copple, The King’s Liverpool Regiment born in Huyton, near Liverpool in 1895 and a former Grocer’s Assistant, he served with the 11th (Pioneer) Battalion in France from 19th May 1915. Died of wounds received in action at No 23 General Hospital, Etaples, France 2nd February 1916, he now rests in the Etaples Military Cemetery, France.

1914/15 Star, British War and Victory Medals

12283 Pte R Copple L’pool R

With details extracted from on line records, copy Medal Index Card

Robert Copple was born in Huyton, Liverpool in 1895, the 1911 census records he is a 16 year old Grocer’s Shop Errand Boy residing at 31 Beach Road, Huyton, Knowsley near Liverpool with his step mother and father. Attesting for the 11th Battalion Liverpool Regiment at Liverpool, the Battalion was formed at Seaforth 23rd August 1914 and designated a Pioneer Battalion. Serving in France from 19th May 1915, he married in Farnham, Surrey in 1915 whilst on leave Miriam Warner. Died of wounds received in action at No 23 General Hospital, Etaples, France 2nd February 1916 he now rests in an identified grave in the Taples Military Cemetery, France.

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Bronze Memorial Plaque to Captain William John Whale, Royal Garrison Artillery born in Weedon, Northamptonshire in 1878. Enlisting in 1900, he was serving in Mauritius on the outbreak of war. Commissioned 2nd Lieutenant 12th January 1915, he served in France and Belgium with 163rd Siege Battery from 27th September 1916 and died of wounds received in action 4th June 1917. He now rests in the Dickenbusch New Military Cemetery, Belgium.

Bronze Memorial Plaque

William James Whale

With details extracted from on line records, unique Plaque name.

Captain William John Whale, Royal Garrison Artillery.

William John Whale was born in Weedon, Northamptonshire 20th October 1878, he attested for the Royal Garrison Artillery in 1900, he married in Dorset in 1903. The 1911 census records he is a Sergeant (number 3202) with eleven years service a visitor at 44 High Street Shoeburyness, Essex. Serving in Mauritius on the outbreak of war, he was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant Royal Garrison Artillery from Sergeant 12th January 1915 (London Gazette 5th March 1915 page 2240). Serving in France from 27th September 1916 with 163rd Siege Battery, he died of wounds received in action 4th June 1917. The son of John and Margaret Whale, husband of Florence Whale of Greystone, Maumbury Road, Dorchester, Dorset he now rests in an identified grave in the Dickenbusch New Military Cemetery Extension, Belgium.

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 Bronze Memorial Plaque to Private Leslie Eversfield, 1st Battalion Canadian Infantry (Ontario Regiment) born in Manchester Square, London in 1891, a Florist and Horticulturalist, he attested at Valcartier 22nd September 1914. Arriving at Tidworth, England with the 9th Battalion 15th February 1915, he was posted to the 1st Battalion in France and Belgium 11th March 1915. Killed in action 22nd April 1915 at Ypres when the Germans launched the first ever Gas attack, releasing Chlorine Gas, the French troops withdrew leaving Ypres vulnerable to capture. The Canadians counter attacked and plugged the gap bringing the German attack to a halt. Commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial. Appears to be related to the famous actor, playwright and theatre manager Dion Boucicault (1820 – 1890).

Bronze Memorial Plaque

Leslie Eversfield

With details extracted from his on line service record recorded here.

Unique Plaque name attributed to 6452 Private Leslie Eversfield, 1st Battalion Canadian Infantry (Ontario Regiment) 1st Canadian Division.

Leslie Eldersfield was born in Manchester Square, London 22nd June 1891, he appears to be related to the famous actor, playwright and Theatre Manager Dion Boucicault (1820-1890) recording his next of kin as his Grandmother Mrs C Boucicault of 6 Wellington Square, Kings Road, Chelsea, London and when deceased Dion Boucicault, 420 Wyndham Place, Bryandon Square, West London. A Florist and Horticulturalist he attested at Valcartier 22nd September 1914 into the Hussars before transferring to the 9th Battalion. Arriving with the 9th Battalion at Tidworth, Englan 15th February 1915, he transferred to the 1st Battalion (Ontario Regiment) in France 11th March 1915. Killed in action in the first gas attack at Ypres 22nd April 1915, this was the first time Gas was used in the First World War, the Germans releasing Chlorine Gas which caused panic amongst French and French Colonial troops who withdrew from their front line positions. The Canadians plugged the gap and counter attacked. Commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial.

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1914 Star with old copy clasp 5th Aug -22nd Nov 1914, British War and Victory Medals with Bronze Memorial Plaque and Memorial Scroll to Lance Corporal George William Kail, Hampshire Regiment born 18th October 1884 in Houghton, near Stockbridge, Hampshire. In 1911 he was a reservist employed as a Domestic Gardener residing with his family in the High Street, Stockbridge. Mobilised on the outbreak of war, he served with the 1st Battalion in France from 24th August 1914 and was killed in action in the front line trenches at Hamel, Somme sector 6th December 1915 aged 31 years. He now rests in an identified grave in the Hamel Military Cemetery, Beaumont Hamel, France.

1914 Star with old copy clasp 5th Aug-22nd Nov 1914

6861 Pte G W Kail 1/Hamps R

British War and Victory Medals

6861 Pte G W Kail Hamps R

Bronze Memorial Plaque

George William Kail

Memorial Scroll

L Cpl George William Kail Hampshire Regt

With copy Medal Index Card, casualty details, War Diary, census details, the Medal Index Card and 1914 Star Medal roll confirm the award of the clasp to the 1914 Star.

Original silk ribbons, the Memorial Scroll in a (correct) card tube address label gone.

George William Kail was born 18th October 1884 in Houghton, near Stockbridge, Hampshire, the 1901 census records he is a 6 year old scholar residing with his father George a Farm Carter, mother Jane two sisters and brother at 106 Haywood, Bossington, Stockbridge, Hampshire. George William Kail married in 1910 and the 1911 census records he has left the Army (Reservist) and is a 26 year old Domestic Gardener residing with his wife, widowed father in law and daughter in the High Street, Stockbridge, Hampshire. Mobilised on the outbreak of war he served in France with the 1st Battalion from 24th August 1914 and was killed in action in the front line trenches at Hamel, Somme sector 6th December 1915.

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From the 1st Battalion War Diary 1st to 6th December 1915

“On 1st December took over Hamel Trenches from East Lancs after dark. from 2nd to 5th a more or less continuous bombardment of our lines, chiefly by trench mortars and aerial torpedoes from the earth mound and from St Pierre Divion. During this time the weather was moderate, Battalion relieved on 7th December”.

Aged 31 years he was the husband of Elsie Kail and now rests in an identified grave in the Hamel Military Cemetery, Beamont Hamel.

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1914/15 Star, British War and Victory Medals, India General Service Medal GV clasp Afghanistan NWF 1919 to Private Amos Bruce, 1st Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment a former Farm Labourer born in Hastings, Sussex in 1887, he attested at Rye 7th October 1907. Arriving in India in September 1908, the 1st Battalion were to remain in India for the duration of the First World War taking part in actions against hostile tribesmen on the North West Frontier from 17th August 1915. Later taking part in the Third Afghan War of 1919, Bruce was mortally wounded in action 16th May 1919, gun shot wound to the head and died the same day. Buried in Peshawar, he is commemorated on the Delhi Memorial.

1914/15 Star, British War and Victory Medals

L-8833 Pte A Bruce R Suss R

India General Service Medal GV clasp Afghanistan NWF 1919

L-8833 Pte A Bruce R Suss R

With copy CWGC details, service papers and Medal roll entries.

Original silk ribbons.

Amos Bruce was born in Hastings, Sussex a 20 year 6 month old Farm Labourer he attested for the Royal Sussex Regiment at Rye 7th October 1907 and joined the Depot the same day. Posted to the 2nd Battalion 8th January 1908, he transferred to the 1st Battalion 3rd September 1908 and embarked at Southampton for India 4th September 1908. The 1st Battalion were to remain in India for the duration of the First World War and qualified for the 1914/15 Star, British War and Victory Medals for their actions against hostile tribes on the North West Frontier commencing 17th August 1915. The 1st Battalion took part in the Third Afghan War of 1919, Private Bruce was mortally wounded in action at Ali Musjid 16th May 1919 gun shot wound to the head, he died the same day in hospital. His service record records both killed in action and died of wounds. Aged 32 years he was the son of Alfred and Florence Bruce of Thornden Road, The Layne, Rolvenden, Kent buried at Peshawar, he is commemorated on the Delhi Memorial.

A rare Third Afghan War 1919 casualty.

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1914 Star and GENUINE clasp 5th Aug – 22nd Nov 1914, British War and Victory Medals to Private John Glasspool, Hampshire Regiment a former Farm Labourer and Carter born in Overton, Hampshire in 1884. Serving with the 1st Battalion in France from 23rd August 1914, he was killed in action 11th October 1915 whilst in front line trenches near Beaumont Hamel, Somme sector aged 31 years. He now rests in an identified grave in the Hamel Military Cemetery, Beaumont Hamel, France.  

1914 Star and GENUINE clasp 5th Aug – 22nd Nov 1914

7167 Pte J Glasspool 1/Hamps R

British War and Victory Medals

7167 Pte J Glasspool Hamps R

With copy Medal Index Card, census details, colour photo of grave and Commonwealth War Graves Commission record.

The Trio mounted for wear, original silk ribbons and old mounting brooch.

John Glasspool was born in Overton, Hampshire in 1884, he was baptised at Overton 21st August 1884. The 1901 census records he is a 16 year old Farm Carter residing with his father William also a Farm Carter, mother Alice Ann, four brothers and three sisters at 37 Southerly Cottages, Overton. The 1911 census records he is a 26 year old Farm Labourer residing as a Boarder at New Barn Cottage, Sparsholt, near Winchester, Hampshire. Attesting for the Hampshire Regiment at Winchester, probably in 1912, he was residing at Overton at the time. Serving with the 1st Battalion in France from 23rd August 1914, the award of the clasp to his 1914 Star is confirmed. Killed in action 11th October 1915 in the front line trenches at Hamel near Beaumont Hamel, Somme sector aged 31 years. He now rests in an identified grave in the Hamel Military Cemetery, France, appears his name was missed from the Overton War Memorial.

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British War and Victory Medals named to Private Ernest Edmund Plunkett, Norfolk Regiment, born in St Augustine, Norwich in 1892, he attested for the 2/6th Cyclists Battalion,  at Norwich 14th March 1915 aged 24 years. Posted to the 1st Battalion in France on 31st July 1916, he was Killed in Action 4th September 1916 aged 24 years during the attack on German positions at Falfemont Farm. “A” and “B” Companies led the assault on a front of 500 yards, few men of “A” Company reached the south west corner of the farm and were soon bombed out. All but two officers were killed or wounded, progress was only possible by crawling from one shell hole to the other. Objective taken by 0300 hours and withdrew to trenches north of Hardecourt at 1515 hours having suffered 369 casualties. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France.

British War & Victory Medals

43307 Pte E E Plunkett Norf R

With details extracted from his on line service record.

Ernest Edmund Plunkett born in 1892, the son of Walter and Eliza Plunkett, of 9 Rose Yard, St Augustines’, Norwich, Norfolk, he attested for the 2/6th Cyclists Battalion, Norfolk Regiment at Norwich 14th March 1915 aged 23 years, service numbers 1965 and 43307. On the 21st December 1915 he was appointed Lance Corporal but reverted to Private 17th February 1916 at his own request. On the 30th July 1916 he embarked from Folkestone arriving in France 31st July 1916 and joined the 1st Battalion in the field 19th August 1916. On 7th September 1916 he was reported missing and is accepted to have been killed in action 4th September 1916. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

The 1st Battalion reached bivouacs near Bonfray Farm, Somme sector 26th August 1916 and were in reserve during 95th Brigade’s attack towards Leuze Farm on 3rd September. Moved opposite Falfemont Farm and attacked at 1510 hours on 4th September , “A” and “B” Companies led the assault on a front of 500 yards, few men of “A” Company reached the south west corner of the farm and were soon bombed out. All but two officers were killed or wounded, progress was only possible by crawling from one shell hole to the other. Objective taken by 0300 hours and withdrew to trenches north of Hardecourt at 1515 hours having suffered 369 casualties.

Initially buried in the vicinity of Leuze Wood (as reported by officer commanding 12th Battalion London Regiment, soldiers of his Battalion having found his body), his grave could not be located at the end of the War and he is now commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial

Original Silk Ribbons

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1914/15 Star, British War and Victory Medals with Bronze Memorial Plaque to Corporal George Reed, Yorkshire Regiment, a Blacksmith’s Labourer born in Glass Houghton, Yorkshire in 1881. Serving in Gallipoli from 28th September 1915, the Battalion served in Egypt from 17th February 1916 and arrived in France 1st July 1916. Arriving on the Somme 3rd September 1916 as part of 32nd Brigade, 11th (Northern) Division. Killed in Action 13th September 1916 aged 35 years during the attack and capture of Turk Street and Wonder Work, Thiepval area, Somme sector. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

1914/15 Star

16051 Pte S Reed York R

British War & Victory Medals

16051 Cpl G Reed York R 

Bronze Memorial Plaque

George Reed

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

George Reed was born in Glass Houghton, Yorkshire in 1881, the son of George and Elizabeth Reed of 9 Front Street, Glass Houghton, Yorkshire. The 1901 Census records George Reed aged 20 years and working as a Blacksmith’s Labourer, enlisting at Pontefract for the Yorkshire Regiment he served with the 6th Battalion in Gallipoli from 28th September 1915. The Battalion arrived in Egypt 17th February 1916 and landed in France on 1st July 1916 arriving on the Somme as part of 32nd Brigade, 11th (Northern) Division. Killed in action 13th September 1916 in the attack and capture of Turk Street and Wonder Work, Thiepval area, Somme sector aged 35 years. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France.

Small hole drilled in Plaque at 12 o’clock

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1914/15 Star, British War and Victory Medals with Bronze Memorial Plaque to Officer’s Steward 2nd Class William John Loker, Royal Navy a former College Servant born in Cambridge in 1893. Entering the Royal Navy as Boy Servant 25th January 1910, he joined HMS Goliath as Officer’s Servant 2nd Class 25th April 1913. During the early months of the war, Goliath was engaged on the East African coast blockading the German Light Cruiser Konigsberg. Arriving in the Dardanelles in March 1915, she took part in the landings on 25th April 1915. Lost on 13th May 1915  when Goliath was sunk in Morto Bay off Cape Helles by three torpedoes from the Turkish Destroyer Muavenet-i-Milliye, 570 officers and ratings were lost from her 750 crew. Commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial.

1914/15 Star, British War and Victory Medals

L.1627 W J Loker OS2 RN

Bronze Memorial Plaque

William John Loker

With copy service record and other research listed here, flattened named medal card boxes of issue.

William John Loker was born in Cambridge 1st March 1893, a College Servant, he entered the Royal Navy as a Boy Servant at Pembroke II 25th January 1910. Rated Officer’s Steward 3rd Class 1st March 1911, he subsequently joined HMS Shearwater 9th June 1911, where he was advanced to Officer’s Steward 2nd Class 20th July 1911, Pembroke I 24th November 1912, HMS Albion 16th January 1913, HMS Goliath 25th April 1913. During the early months of the war, Goliath was engaged on the East African coast blockading the German Light Cruiser Konigsberg. Arriving in the Dardanelles in March 1915, she took part in the landings on 25th April 1915. On 13th May 1915 Goliath was sunk in Morto Bay off Cape Helles by three torpedoes from the Turkish Destroyer Muavenet-i-Milliye, 570 officers and ratings were lost from her 750 crew. Commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial, he was the son of Mr W and Mrs Eliza Loker of 2 Great Eastern Street, Mill Road, Cambridge.

The Medals virtually as issued.

First time on the market.

EF £375 SOLD


 

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Bronze Memorial Plaque to Lieutenant William Stanley Allan, 1/7th Battalion Liverpool Regiment a former Insurance Broker born in Rock Ferry, Cheshire in 1893. A graduate of Liverpool University, he was first commissioned into the 1/7th Battalion in November 1911, but soon after went to Canada. Returning to re-join his old Regiment and Battalion, he served in France from 7th March 1915 and was killed in action 15th May 1915 during the successful attack on Festubert in which they suffered 13 officers and 301 other ranks killed and wounded.

Bronze Memorial Plaque

William Stanley Allan

With details extracted from on line records.

William Stanley Allan was born in Rock Ferry, Cheshire in 1893, the 1911 census records he is an 18 year old Insurance Clerk residing at 98 Bidston Road, Oxton, Birkenhead with his family. A graduate of Liverpool University he was an Insurance Broker. First commissioned 2nd Lieutenant 1/7th Battalion Liverpool Regiment TF 2nd November 1911 (London Gazette 1st December 1911 page 9074), he went to Canada before the outbreak of war and returned to re-join his old Battalion and Regiment. Killed in action during the attack on Festubert 17th May 1915, The Gloucester Citizen dated 9th June 1915 page 3 records –

“William Stanley Allan, the eldest son of Mr James Allan, Sub Manager of the London and Lancashire Fire Insurance Company. After leaving Liverpool University he served in the Head Office of the Liverpool, London and Globe Insurance Company, but subsequently went to Canada, returning to join his old Regiment. He was killed in action on 15th May in a night attack at Festubert”.

The Regimental Historian Everard Wyrall records –

“On 15th May 1915 the 1/7th Battalion were on the right of the attack (on Festubert). They rushed through torn wire and entered battered trenches between “R1” and “R2″. The King’s men dashed into the battered (German) trenches, bayoneting and shooting down all those who refused to surrender or showed fight. The Battalion later pushed on the the German second line.”

Commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial, France.

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1914/15 Star, British War and Victory Medals to Private Herbert Edwards, Rifle Brigade a former Electrician’s Boy born in West Ham, Essex in 1894. Serving in France from 30th July 1915, he was killed in action 14th November 1916 in the attack on Beaucourt Trench, battle of the Ancre, Somme sector aged 22 years whilst serving with the 13th Battalion. The 13th Battalion Rifle Brigade was attached to 63rd (Royal Naval) Division, and attacked with 1/1st Honourable Artillery Company and 13th Battalion Royal Fusiliers, the attack was successful and all objectives were taken. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

1914/15 Star, British War and Victory Medals

S-3709 Pte H Edwards Rif Brig

With details extracted from on line records.

Herbert Edwards was born in West Ham, Essex in 1894, the son of William and Mary Edwards, the 1911 census records Herbert (Bertie) is a 17 year old Electrician’s Boy residing at 119 Harold Road, Upton Park, London with his parents, four brothers and three sisters. Residing at Plaistow, Essex on enlistment, he enlisted at St Paul’s Churchyard, Middlesex. Serving in France from 30th July 1915 with 13th Battalion Rifle Brigade, this Battalion arrived on the Somme 3rd July 1916. Taking part in the attack towards Ovillers on 7th July, the German third line was reached with over 200 prisoners taken, the attack was a costly one, the Battalion suffering 400 killed and wounded. On 13th November the Battalion moved south of Englebelmer and attached 63rd (Royal Naval) Division, moving through Hamel to its assembly positions. Took part in the attack on Beaucourt Trench from Railway Alley 14th November to a point 400 yards north west with 1/1st Honourable Artillery Company on the right and 13th Battalion Royal Fusiliers on the left, all objectives taken. Killed in action during the attack on Beaucourt Trench aged 22 years and commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

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914/15 Star, British War & Victory Medals to Corporal James Markie, Royal Fusiliers a Wine and Spirit Merchant’s Warehouseman born in Glasgow in 1886. Residing in Chorlton Cum Hardy, near Manchester when War broke out he enlisted in Manchester and served with the 22nd (Kensington) Battalion Royal Fusiliers in France from 17th November 1915. Killed in action Bernafay Wood, Somme sector 26th July 1916 aged 30 years, commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

1914/15 Star

517 Pte J Markie R Fus

British War & Victory Medals

K-517 Cpl J Markie R Fus  

With copy Medal Index Card, casualty details and details extracted from on line records.

James Markie was born in Glasgow in 1886, the 1911 census records he is a 25 year old Wine and Spirit Merchant Warehouseman residing with his father James a Tailor’s Cutter, mother Elizabeth, three sisters and one brother at 202 Oswald Road, Cholton Cum Candy, near Manchester. Enlisting at Manchester he served with the 22nd (Kensington) Battalion in France from 17th November 1916. Killed in action near Bernafay Wood, Somme sector 26th July 1916 aged 30 years. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

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1914/15 Star, British War and Victory Medals with Bronze Memorial Plaque to Private William Thomas Evans, Middlesex Regiment, born in North Kensington, Middlessex in 1880. Enlisting at Hammersmith he served with the 1th Battalion in France from 4th October 1915. Arriving on the Somme 25th July 1916, the 13th Battalion took part in the attack towards Guillemont 18th August. Advancing on the right of Trones Wood they were checked by cross fire and forced to withdraw. Taking over front line positions at Delville Wood 30th August, they were subject to a heavy enemy artillery bombardment in which 400 casualties were sustained. Killed in action 31st August 1916 when his Battalion was attacked and forced out of Tea Trench. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

1914/15 Star, British War and Victory Medals

G-4994 Pte W T Evans Middx R

Bronze Memorial Plaque

William Thomas Evans

With copy Medal Index Card, casualty details and other research recorded here from on line records. Original silk medal ribbons, traces of lead solder centre reverse of plaque where at one time a fixing for display in a case, original silk ribbons faded on the obverse side caused by display in a case.

William Thomas Evans was born in 1880 in North Kensington, Middlesex, I was unable to locate him on the 1911 census but still residing in Middlesex on the outbreak of war he enlisted at Hammersmith. Serving in France from 4th October 1915 with the 13th Battalion Middlesex Regiment which arrived on the Somme as part of 73rd Brigade, 24th Division. Arriving at Happy Valley 2nd August, they took over the trenches at Arrow Head Copse 17th August. Taking part in the attack towards Guillemont 18th August their advance to the right of Trones Wood came to a standstill when they were caught in cross fire. To the craters in front of Carnoy 19th August and to Sandpit Camp 22nd August. Raking over front line positions at Delville Wood 30th August they were subject to a prolonged German artillery bombardment causing 400 casualties. Killed in action 31st August 1916 aged 36 years (CWGC erroneously record 38 years) when the Germans attacked forcing them out of Tea Trench. The Soldier’s effects list records he left his estate to his sister Florence Emily and brother John T Evans.

GVF £275 Available


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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