Orders, Decorations and Medals (25 September 2008)

Date of Auction: 25th September 2008

Sold for £2,100

Estimate: £400 - £500

Four: Company Sergeant-Major S. Stanley, Dorsetshire Regiment, late Devonshire Regiment, killed in action, Mesopotamia, 25 March 1917

1914 Star (7539 Cpl., 1/Devon. R.); British War and Victory Medals (7539 W.O. Cl.2, Devon. R.); Russia, St. George Cross for Bravery, 4th Class, reverse numbered, ‘807721’, good very fine (4) £400-500


Samuel Stanley was born in Kettering, Northamptonshire, and living in Exeter, Devon, enlisted at Plymouth. Serving initially with the 1st Battalion Devonshire Regiment and attaining the rank of Warrant Officer 2nd Class, he later transferred to the 2nd Battalion Dorsetshire Regiment, ranked as Company Sergeant-Major. With them he won the Russian Cross of St. George 4th Class (London Gazette 15 May 1917). Serving in Mesopotamia he was killed in action on or about 25 March 1917. Having no known grave, his name is commemorated on the Basra Memorial. Sold with Commemorative Scroll named to ‘Coy. Serjt. Maj. Samuel Stanley, Dorsetshire Regt.’; also with copied research.