The Late Bruce C Cazel Collection of British Campaign Awards (16 November 2009)

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Date of Auction: 16th November 2009

Sold for £210

Estimate: £180 - £220

Family group:

Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, no clasp (Condr. F. Oates, Remount D.)

Three: Private R. Oates, King’s Royal Rifle Corps, killed in action, 10 May 1915

1914-15 Star (R-7691 Pte., K.R. Rif. C.); British War and Victory Medals (R-7691 Pte., K.R. Rif. C.) last with slight edge bruise, good very fine and better (6)


Reginald Oates lived in Rhodesia and enlisted at London. Serving in the 3rd Battalion King’s Royal Rifle Corps, he entered the France/Flanders theatre of war on 21 December 1914 and was killed in action on 10 May 1915, at the Frezenburg Ridge, aged 19 years. Having no known grave, his name is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial. He was the son of Frederick and Rose Oates, of Bulawayo, Southern Rhodesia.

Sold with a silver prize medal engraved, ‘Rhodesian Schools Boxing Champs. 1914’ and ‘Heavy Weight won by R. Oates’, with hallmarks for Birmingham 1912; also with silver pin-backed badge engraved, ‘S.R.V. W.D. 2nd Class Cadets, Dec. 1912’ and ‘Won by Cpl. Oates, Score 90’, hallmarks for Birmingham 1912. With copied research.