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

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Date of Auction: 19th & 20th March 2008

Sold for £1,850

Estimate: £650 - £750

A Great War ‘Mesopotamia’ M.M. group of eight awarded to Serjeant D. J. Wright, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry

Military Medal, G.V.R. (5469 Sjt., 1/O. & B.L.I.); Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, 3 clasps, Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal (5469 Corl., Oxford. Lt. Infy.); King’s South Africa 1901-02, 2 clasps (5469 Serjt., Oxford. L.I.); 1914-15 Star (5469 Sjt., Oxf. & Bucks. L.I.); British War and Victory Medals, M.I.D. oak leaf (5469 Sjt., Oxf. & Bucks. L.I.); Army L.S. & G.C., G.V.R., 1st issue (5469 Sjt., O. & B.L.I.); Army Meritorious Service Medal, G.VI.R., 2nd issue (5469 Sjt., M.M., Oxf. & Bucks.), mounted as worn, Q.S.A./K.S.A. with edge bruising and contact marks, fine; others good very fine and better (8) £650-750

Footnote

M.M. London Gazette 20 October 1916; Edinburgh Gazette 24 October 1916.

M.I.D. London Gazette 19 October 1916 (General Sir Percy Lake, G.O.C. Indian Expeditionary Force “D”); Gazette of India 12 October 1916. In the London Gazette he is listed under the ‘Royal Army Medical Corps’.

David Joseph Wright was born in 1879. He enlisted into the Oxf. & Bucks. L.I. in London on 7 July 1897. As a Serjeant in the 1st Battalion he entered the Mesopotamian theatre of war on 5 December 1914. Served in the Indian Expeditionary Force under General Lake and was most probably involved in the attempts to relieve the British and Indian force, including men of his battalion, trapped at Kut-el-Amara. In October 1916 his services were rewarded, being mentioned in despatches and awarded the M.M. He was discharged in June 1919 after completing his second period of service. Postwar he served in the Metropolitan Police Special Constabulary, being employed during the General Strike of 1926.

Sold with recipient’s Certificate of Education, 28 March 1905; Regimental Orders, Lucknow, 15 March 1907, Sergeant Wright listed on Married Roll; Discharge Certificate; Character Certificate; Metropolitan Police Special Constables’ Certificate of Appreciation re. the National Strike of 1926; Oxfordshire Light Infantry pamphlet; 1st Battalion Oxf. & Buck. L.I. Coronation 1911 Souvenir booklet - listing officers and men of battalion; newspaper cuttings; five original card backed photographs; together with copied m.i.c., roll and gazette extracts. Also with riband bars, cap badge and a few buttons.