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Day 1, Room 1, 9.30am

‘The French Connection’ Part 1

The following lots come from a private museum; the

property of a gentleman. The vendor has associations

with military museums, auction houses, and for some

years was resident on the Somme, running a bed &

breakfast business. These lots were purchased over

the past 35 years, many from the families of the

original owners; a number purchased from brocantes

and from farmers on the Somme and at Ypres. These

comprise a collection of ‘one-offs’, rarely or never

seen before. Each has an interesting provenance and I

commend this collection to you.

Howard Williamson, Harwich.


1914 Star Trio and Clasp to 67264 Shoeing Smith John

H. Radley, Royal Horse Artillery

£100 - £120


1914 Star Trio (entitled to clasp) To CMT/1464 Pte

George T Ball Army Service Corps, Corps of Mechanical

Transport (National Reserve) 1st Cavalry Ammunition

Park. From Tottenham N17

£40 - £50


1915 Star and Victory Medal (entitled to MC and BWM)

to Lieutenant Arnold George Alexander Vidler, 11th

Battalion (1st South Downs) Royal Sussex Regiment.

Previous service as 2548 Pte Lord Strathcona's Horse. A

pupil at Christ's Hospital (2)

£80 - £100


1915 Star and Victory Medal (missing the War Medal)

Lt. Robert Heyward 4th Battalion (City of Bristol)

Gloucestershire Regiment. Died of Wounds 17th August

1916. Buried Puchevilliers British Cemetery, Somme.

From Clifton, Bristol.

£50 - £60


1915 Star to 12635 Pte Charles Kellaway 5th Battalion

Dorset Regiment. Killed in Action 21st August,

commemorated Helles Memorial, Gallipoli. The attack

on Hetman Chair, Chocolate Hill. From Brook Farm,

Cheselbourne, Dorset.

£30 - £40


1915 Star to 308082 Pte Edward Arthur Simm 1/8th

Battalion King's (Liverpool Regiment) Killed in Action

27th September 1916. Commemorated Thiepval

Memorial. Factory Corner, Flers, Somme. Previous

service at 2357 Manchester Regiment at Gallipoli

£30 - £40


1915 Star to Pte. J H J Forrest 5/R.Berks R. Killed in

Action 4th October 1916. Buried Longueval Road

Cemetery from Didcot Berks. Toned

£30 - £40


1915 Star Trio and Cap Badge to T1SR533 Cpl Herbert

Jukes Army Service Corps (new army special reserve)

£40 - £50


1915 Star Trio and Death Plaque (star broached) with

extensive original documentation and copy service file to

18357 Pte Thomas Heron 1st Battalion York and

Lancaster Regiment. Killed in Action 23rd April 1915,

Commemorated Menin Gate, Ypres. Zouave Farm,

Mauser Ridge. 463 casualties on this day including Lt.

Colonel Burt. Born West Bowling, Bradford, living


£140 - £160


1915 Star Trio and Scroll to 11539 Cpl Frank Frenton

19th Battalion (4th City) Manchester Regiment. A

Company 2nd Platoon. Killed in Action 23rd July 1916,

commemorated Thiepval Memorial. Attack on

Guillemont, heavy casualties at uncut wire. From Ansdell

Lytham, Lancashire

£100 - £120


1915 Star Trio and Silver War Badge (mounted for wear)

to MB29 Motor Boatman H. R. Buckamster Coastal

Motor Boats, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. Very low


£40 - £50


1915 Star Trio and Territorial Force Efficiency Medal to

2235 and 851125 Dvr Alfred W. Willis Royal Field

Artillery (1st Wessex Brigade TF) mounted for wear

£60 - £70


1915 Star Trio to 15128 Pte Ernest Alfred David Barnes

1st Battalion Dorsetshire Regiment. Killed in Action 1st

July 1916. Commemorated Thiepval Memorial. Previous

service at Gallipoli with the 5th Battalion. Born and living

at Corfe Castle, Dorset. Heavy casualties (501) advancing

from Authuille Wood to the front line, Lonsdale

Cemetery is located on this location and contains the

graves of many of the Dorset's killed that day. This group

also comes with his brothers medals a 1915 Star Trio to

58981 Gnr Arthur F.J. Barnes, Royal Field Artillery.

£200 - £300


1915 Star Trio to 15363 Pte William James Hunn, 9th

Battalion Norfolk Regiment. Killed in Action 9th August

1916. Buried Auchonvilliers Military Cemetery. From

Hoveton, Norfolk

£100 - £120


1915 Star Trio to 16768 Pte Robert Powell, 12th

Battalion (Bristol's Own) Gloucestershire Regiment.

Killed in Action 21st July 1916, commemorated Thiepval

Memorial. Caterpillar Valley, Longueval, Somme

(location of Bristol Pals Cross). Born St Phillip's, Bristol

£100 - £120


1915 Star Trio to 20255 Pte Norman Slinger 1st

Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. Died of

Wounds 1st July 1916, buried Lievin Communal

Cemetery Extension. He died in enemy hands having

been captured during a battalion trench raid. Born

Darwen, enlisted Blackburn

£120 - £140


1915 Star Trio to 21668 C Farrell Royal Dublin Fusiliers.

Date of entry France 19/12/15

£40 - £50


1915 Star Trio to 3380/266037 Pte Robert Stokell, 1/7th

battalion (Leeds Rifles) West Yorkshire Regiment

£40 - £50


1915 Star Trio to 4-229/200409 Cpl Harold P. Basten

4th Battalion Hampshire Regiment

£40 - £50


1915 Star Trio to C/412 Rifleman Arthur Wright 16th

Battalion (Church Lads Brigade) Kings Royal Rifle

Corps. Died of Wounds 5th November 1916,

commemorated Thiepval Memorial, Somme. Successful

assault on Hazy Trench.

£100 - £120


1915 Star Trio to Lt Claude Meeson 114th Coy Machine

Gun Corps. Commissioned 26th September 1916.

Previous 657 19th Battalion (2nd Public Schools) Royal

Fusiliers. A solicitor from Battle Bridge, Essex. Educated

Lancing College. Lt .Meeson acted as a prisoner's friend

(defence) in the trial of Sapper Robert Bell. Sapper Bell

was executed for murdering 2nd Lt. W.H.Lloyd on 22nd

May 1918. See chapter 11 of 'Murdering Tommies' by

Putkowski and Dunning.

£100 - £120


1915 Star Trio (boxed in original packets) to 12564 Pte






Northamptonshire Regiment. Died of Wounds 1st

December 1917, buried Roquigny - Equancourt

Cemetery. Born St. George's In-The-East, Middlesex

£80 - £100


1915 Star Trio (mounted for wear) to Major Reginald C.

Neil Royal Army Medical Corps. Attached to 8th

Battalion (TF) Middlesex Regiment

£80 - £100