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

Date of Auction: 3rd December 2020

Sold for £1,800

Estimate: £1,200 - £1,600

A Great War ‘Western Front’ M.C. group of four awarded to Company Sergeant-Major Herbert Stockwell, 5th Battalion, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry

Military Cross, G.V.R.; 1914-15 Star (10951 Cpl. H. Stockwell. Oxf: & Bucks: L.I.); British War and Victory Medals (10951 W.O. Cl. 2. H. Stockwell. Oxf. & Bucks. L.I.) together with Memorial scroll (Coy. Serjt. Maj. Herbert Stockwell, M.C. Oxf. and Bucks. L.I.) the scroll creased and with minor tears, otherwise extremely fine (4) £1,200-£1,600

Footnote

M.C. London Gazette 7 March 1918:

‘For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. His company had to pass through an intense barrage when going forward to reinforce, and on reaching the position were subjected to five hours heavy bombardment. The success of the movement was largely due to his initiative and fearlessness; though he was three times buried, he remained at duty, inspiring the men by his cheerfulness and gallant example. Later he again steadied the company under a heavy bombardment and carried out a bombing attack on a party of the enemy who had penetrated the line.’

Herbert Stockwell was born at Thame, Oxfordshire and enlisted at Oxford. He served in France from 20 May 1915, died of wounds in France on 1 April 1918, and is buried in St Sever Cemetery Extension.