Orders, Decorations, Medals and Militaria (12 November 2020)

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Date of Auction: 12th November 2020

Sold for £2,800

Estimate: £500 - £700

A Great War 1918 ‘Spring Offensive’ M.M. and Croix de Guerre group of five awarded to Lance Corporal R. Seal, 3rd Dragoon Guards

Military Medal, G.V.R. (D-19927 L. Cpl. R. Seal. 3/D. Gds:); 1914 Star, with copy clasp (5228 L. Cpl R. Seal. 3/D. Gds.); British War and Victory Medals (3DG-5228 Pte. R. Seal. 3-D. Gds.); Belgium, Kingdom, Croix de Guerre, A.I.R., bronze, good very fine and better (5) £500-£700


M.M. London Gazette 16 July 1918.

Belgian Croix de Guerre London Gazette 15 April 1918.

Robert Seal, a native of Selby, Leicestershire, served during the Great War in France with the 3rd Dragoon Guards from 31 October 1914.The regiment’s war diary records the award of Seal’s Belgian Croix de Guerre on 5 February 1918.

The edition of the London Gazette carrying Seal’s M.M. announcement covers awards from 21 March 1918 to 11 April 1918, with all awards being for the first phase of the German Spring Offensive, during which period a detachment of the 3rd Dragoons made their celebrated cavalry charge at Villeselve on 24 March 1918.

Fewer than 20 Great War M.M.s were awarded to the 3rd Dragoon Guards.