First World War Medals to Casualties


 

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British War and Victory Medals to Private William John Bowden, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers born in Grinton, Somerset in 1899. Serving with the 1st Battalion in France and Belgium he was killed in action 20th October 1918 aged 19 years and now rests in the Harlebeke New British Cemetery, Belgium.

British War and Victory Medals to Private Gerald Bowden, North Staffordshire Regiment born in Queen Camel, near Bath, Somerset in 1898. Serving with the 9th (Pioneer) Battalion in France, he survived the war and died in Sherbourne, Dorset in 1926 at the early age of 28 years.

British War and Victory Medals

45024 Pte W Bowden R Innis Fus

British War and Victory Medals

50131 Pte G Bowden N Staff R

With details extracted from on line records.

William John Bowden was born in Grinton, Somerset, the 1911 census records he is a 12 years old Scholar residing at Queens Camel, near Bath, Somerset with his father William Albert Bowden a Farm Wagoner, mother Ellen, three brothers, including Gerald and two sisters. Almost certainly a conscript, he served with the 1st Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers in France and Belgium and was killed in action 20th October 1918 aged 19 years. He now rests in an identified grave in the Harlebeke New British Cemetery, Belgium, Commonwealth War Graves record his parents address as Lambrook Cottages, Marston Magna, Yeovil, Somerset.

Gerald Bowden was born in Queen Camel, Somerset, the 1911 census records he is a 13 years old Scholar residing at Queens Camel, near Bath, Somerset with his father William Albert Bowden a Farm Wagoner, mother Ellen, three brothers, including William and two sisters. Almost certainly a conscript, he served with the 9th (Pioneer) Battalion North Staffordshire Regiment in France and Belgium. He survived the war but died in Sherbourne, Dorset in 1926 at the early age of 28 years.

Light staining to Victory Medals obverse, average

First time on the market.

GVF £135 SOLD


 

Bronze Memorial Plaque to Private Joseph Alphonsus O’Sullivan, 1st Irish Horse born in Bantry, County Cork, Ireland in 1891. Enlisting in Dublin, he was killed in action France 22nd June 1917 aged 26 years he now rests in the Loos British Cemetery, France.

Bronze Memorial Plaque

Joseph A O’Sullivan

With casualty details.

Joseph Alphonsus O’Sullivan was born in Bantry, County Cork, Ireland in 1891, enlisting in Dublin for the 1st South Irish Horse, Regimental number 445, he served in France and was killed in action 22nd June 1917 aged 26 years, he now rests in an identified grave in the Loos British Cemetery. The son of William and Nora McSweeney O’Sullivan, he resided at Friendly Cove, Durrus before enlisting, his effects were left to his brother William a Farmer and totalled £250 13 shillings and 1 penny, administration granted 30th November 1925.

A rare Memorial Plaque to the South Irish Horse.

NEF £195 Available


 

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.

GVF £185 Available


 

1914 Star and GENUINE clasp 5th Aug – 22nd Nov 1914, British War and Victory Medals to Private Thomas Hayes, 3rd Hussars born in Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire in 1892, the son of a Church Verger and Sexton, the 1911 census records he is serving with his Regiment in South Africa. Serving in France from 15th August 1914, he was killed in action near Ypres 30th October 1914 aged 22 years. Commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial.

1914 Star and GENUINE clasp 5th Aug – 22nd Nov 1914, British War and Victory Medals

4354 Pte T Hayes 3/Hrs

With copy Medal Index Card, casualty details.

Original silk ribbons.

Thomas Hayes was born Thomas Westoboy Hayes in Henley on Thames in 1892, the son of David Hayes a Church Verger and Sexton and his wife Pleasant, the 1901 census records the family are residing at 104 South Hill Gardens, Greys, Henley on Thames. Enlisting at Aldershot the 1911 census records Thomas Hayes is serving with the 3rd Hussars in South Africa. Serving in France from 15th August 1914 he was killed in action 30th October 1914 aged 22 years during the first battle of Ypres. Commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial.

At 0600 hours on the 30th October 1914 the Germans began bombarding the junction between the British and the French near Broodseinde. For the next three hours the 1st Bn KRRC, 2nd Bn South Staffordshire Regiment and the French 135e Régiment d’Infanterie held the line. The German infantry rarely getting even as far as the little barbed wire that was available. If this had been intended as a diversion to draw reserves away from von Fabeck’s troops facing Geluveld it failed. At about 0700 hours Fabeck’s heavy artillery opened up on the trenches in front of Zandvoorde. These were held by the 1st and 2nd Life Guards of the 7th Cavalry Brigade (including the 3rd Hussars). Situated on the forward slopes of the hill the makeshift trenches were soon devastated and although the four hundred or so defenders hung on for an hour they were quickly overwhelmed when the Germans launched their infantry assault with over a Division of men.

Orders for retirement were given but it was too late and a squadron of each Life Guard Regiment as well as the Royal Horse Guards machine guns were cut off and killed or captured. As the 7th Cavalry Brigade pulled back to a line in front of Klein Zillebeke, the Germans very warily took possession of Zandvoorde. It would remain in German hands until the last months of the war. Although reinforcements were brought up to steady the new position, nothing could be done to assist the 1st Bn Royal Welch Fusiliers who were the right flank unit of 7th Division. Like the troopers of the Household Cavalry, they were in trenches fully exposed to the bombardment and worse, the only way to retire was over open ground.

Once Zandvoorde had fallen their own flank became exposed and the Germans managed to infiltrate a farm right behind them. Raked by close range shrapnel shells the battalion fought on until they too were overwhelmed. Lt Colonel Henry Cadogan was killed with almost a hundred of his men, fifty-four were taken prisoner leaving just eighty-six unwounded men at roll call that evening. Fortunately the 2nd Bn Royal Scots Fusiliers and 2nd Bn Green Howards had just enough time to form a defensive party on their flank which gave reserves enough time to shore up the gap that had formed in the line.

Despite efforts using the reinforcements to recover some of the lost ground the weight of the German numbers told against the defenders and the position of the Scots and Green Howards became ever more perilous, as they were now situated at the apex of a triangle that jutted out towards the Germans. The situation was untenable and early in the afternoon orders were sent out to both battalions to pull back about a kilometre to a new line behind Zandvoorde. Although suffering heavy losses, they had gained such a mastery over their area of the battlefield that when they did pull back the Germans showed no inclination to chase them.

A rare 1914 casualty to this Regiment which during the German onslaught fought dismounted.

EF £450 Reserved 


 

1914/15 Star, British War & Victory Medals to Private Fred Powell, The King’s Liverpool Regiment born in Leeds, Yorkshire in 1890. Enlisting at Liverpool, he served with the 8th (Liverpool Irish) Battalion TF in France from 2nd May 1915. Arriving on the Somme 21st July 1916, the Battalion occupied trenches at Trones Wood before their unsuccessful attack towards Guillemont on 8th August, which cost the Battalion 570 casualties. Taking part in the attack on Hop and Ale Alley east of Delville Wood 9th September they held their gains until relieved three days later. Killed in action 27th September 1916 aged 26 years during the attack on the Gird Lines, the objective being the Ligny-Thilloy Road. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

1914/15 Star, British War and Victory Medals

2157 Pte F Powell L’pool R

With research extracted from on line sources, copy newspaper (unidentified) death notification with poor quality head and shoulders photo in uniform.

Fred Powell was born in Leeds, Yotkshire in 1890, the 1901 census records he is 11 years old residing with his father George a Painter and mother Matilda Elizabeth at 35 Darfield Street, Patter Newtown, Leeds. Residing at Blundell Sands when he enlisted at Liverpool, he served with the 1/8th (London Irish) Battalion in France from 2nd May 1915. The 1/8th Battalion fought at Ypres in 1915 and arrived on the Somme 21st July 1916.  the Battalion occupied trenches at Trones Wood before their unsuccessful attack towards Guillemont on 8th August, which cost the Battalion 570 casualties. Taking part in the attack on Hop and Ale Alley east of Delville Wood 9th September they held their gains until relieved three days later. Killed in action 27th September 1916 aged 26 years during the attack on the Gird Lines, the objective being the Ligny-Thilloy Road. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

The Newspaper notification records “Private Fred Powell aged 28 (sic) son of Mr and Mrs Powell of 35 Darfield Street, Ashley Road, Leeds was killed in action on September 27th (1916)”.

NEF £185 Available


 

1914/15 Star, British War & Victory Medals to Lance Corporal John Vickers, Cheshire Regiment a Laundry Van Man born in Glossop in 1883. Enlisting at Glossop, he served with the 1st Battalion in France from 7th July 1915. Killed in action 5th September 1916 aged 33 years during his Battalion’s successful assault and capture of Falfemont Farm, Somme sector. During the assault which commenced on 4th September 1916, “D” company attacking the left of the objective were forced to retire owing to heavy machine gun fire, “A” company attacked in the afternoon capturing and consolidating the objective. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial and the Glossop War Memorial in Norfolk Square, Glossop.

1914/15 Star

12433 L Cpl J Vickers Chesh R

British War and Victory Medals

12433 Pte J Vickers Chesh R

With research extracted from on line sources.

John Vickers was born in Glossop, Derbyshire in 1883, the 1911 census records he is a Laundry Van Man residing with his wife Alice Ann a Cotton Weaverand son William at 206 High Street West, Glossop. Enlisting at Glossop he served with first the 1/7th Battalion and later the 1st Battalion in France from 7th July 1915. The 1st Battalion arrived on the Somme 14th July 1916 and moved into positions around High Wood 19th July. Taking part in the attack on Longueval 27th July, the Battalion met strong opposition and was forced to retire. Arriving in the support line at Delville Wood 31st July, they arrived at Angle Wood 3rd September and were in action in the attack on Falfemont Farm. During the assault which commenced on 4th September 1916, “D” company attacking the left of the objective were forced to retire owing to heavy machine gun fire, “A” company attacked in the afternoon capturing and consolidating the objective. The Battalion withdrew on 5th September to Citadel Camp having suffered 460 casualties, John Vickers is recorded as killed in action 5th September 1916 aged 33 years, he is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial and the Glossop War Memorial, Norfolk Square, Glossop.

The Sheffield Daily Telegraph 30th September 1916 page 8 records –

“Pte John Vickers, Cheshires of Charles Street Glossop has been killed in action, he was 33 years of age. Formerly employed by the Norfolk Laundry, Glossop, he leaves a widow and two young children”.

The son of Michael and Sarah Ann Vickers, husband of Ann Vickers of 3 Charles Street, Glossop.

NEF £185 SOLD


 

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.

EF £175 Available


 

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


 

Bronze Memorial Plaque to John Molyneux Crockett, Merchant Navy. 3rd Engineer Crockett, born 1892, Hull, Yorkshire. Son of John Molyneux Crockett & Louise Crockett. The 1911 Census records he was aged 19, living with his parents at 85 Plane Street, Hull, Yorkshire and working as an Apprentice fitter in an engineering company. He married Elsie May Addey in 1916 of 42 Queensgate Street, Hull, Yorkshire. 3rd Engineer Crockett was killed on 12th April 1917 aged 25 years on board SS ‘Toro’, which was torpedoed and sunk by an enemy submarine. Many of the crew escaped the ship before it sunk.

Bronze Memorial Plaque

John Molyneux Crockett

Copy 1911 Census entry, CWGC Details etc

GVF £95 Reserved 


 

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 £165 Available

 


 

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 £165 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 £165 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