Orders, Decorations and Medals (19 & 20 March 2008)

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Date of Auction: 19th & 20th March 2008

Sold for £850

Estimate: £700 - £800

A Great War ‘Western Front’ D.C.M. awarded to Private E. Parker, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, killed in action, 24 July 1918

Distinguished Conduct Medal, G.V.R. (11751 Pte., 6/O. & B.L.I.) nearly extremely fine £700-800

Footnote

D.C.M. London Gazette 14 November 1916. ‘For conspicuous gallantry in an attack when he engaged a machine gun single handed with bombs, killing two of the gunners and putting the gun out of action’.

Edward Parker was born in and enlisted at West Bromwich, Staffordshire. Serving as a Private in the 6th Battalion Oxf. & Bucks. L.I. he was awarded the D.C.M for conspicuous gallantry in action. Serving as a Private with “E” Company, 2nd Battalion Oxf. & Bucks. L.I., he was killed in action on 24 July 1918, aged 35 years. He was buried in the Bienvillers Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. He was the husband of Rebecca Parker of 16 Lyndon, West Bromwich. One of only 7 D.C.M’s. to the 6th Battalion.