Orders, Decorations and Medals (1 December 2010)

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Date of Auction: 1st December 2010

Sold for £250

Estimate: £180 - £220

Three: Corporal Shoeing Smith Thomas Coles, Royal Horse Guards, who was severely wounded at Ypres on 22 November 1914

1914 Star, with clasp (1195 Cpl. S. Sth., R. H. Gds.); British War and Victory Medals (1195 Cpl., R. H. Gds.) nearly extremely fine (3) £180-220


Ex Captain W. A. Tinlin Collection, Glendining’s, 8 December 1965.

Thomas Coles transferred from the Oxfordshire Imperial Yeomanry to the Royal Horse Guards in 1905, aged 19 years and served with the B.E.F. in France and Flanders from 7 October 1914. He received severe shrapnel wounds to his lower legs and left shoulder on 22 November 1914 at Ypres. He was discharged as a result of his wounds in May 1916, the medical board stating: ‘Can walk fifty yards on crutches and has been fitted with surgical boots. Complete loss of power below knees.’ Sold with copy service papers and m.i.c.