Orders, Decorations, Medals and Militaria (3 December 2020)

Date of Auction: 3rd December 2020

Sold for £440

Estimate: £300 - £400

A Great War ‘Western Front’ M.M. group of four awarded to Lance-Sergeant James Appleby, 2nd Battalion, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry

Military Medal, G.V.R. (7374 Pte. J. Appleby. 2/O. & B.L.I.); 1914 Star, with clasp (7374 Pte. J. Appleby. 2/Oxf: & Bucks: L.I.); British War and Victory Medals (7374 Cpl. J. Appleby. Oxf. & Bucks. L.I.) together with ribbon brooch bar and ‘Caversham & Reading Veterans Assocn.’ enamelled badge, contact marks, otherwise very fine (4) £300-£400


M.M. London Gazette 14 September 1916.

James Appleby was born in 1885 and enlisted into the 2nd Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry on 6 March 1903, at Caversham, Reading, and served for 7 years and 11 days. He served in France from 14 August 1914, and was discharged on 31 March 1920, with gun shot wounds in his scalp, thighs and right leg. Sold with original Discharge and Character certificates, a magazine photograph of him ‘wounded’, a Christmas card for 1918 from his mother when he was with 48th Casualty Clearing Station at Namur, and three wills of various dates during the war.