Orders, Decorations, Medals and Militaria (21 July 2021)

Date of Auction: 21st July 2021

Sold for £480

Estimate: £300 - £400

A Great War 1918 ‘Western Front’ M.M. group of five awarded to Company Quartermaster Sergeant F. Grimshaw, 5th Battalion, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, later a Prisoner Warder at Dartmoor

Military Medal, G.V.R. (6564 Sjt: F. Grimshaw. 5/Oxf: & Bucks: L.I.); British War and Victory Medals (6564 C. Sjt. F. Grimshaw. Oxf. & Bucks. L.I.); Defence Medal; Army L.S. & G.C., G.V.R., 1st issue (5374367 C.Q.M. Sjt. F. Grimshaw. Oxf. & Bucks. L.I.) polished, nearly very fine (5) £300-£400

Footnote

M.M. London Gazette 20 May 1918.

Frederick Grimshaw joined the Regular Army from the Militia in November 1900, and was posted to joined the Oxfordshire Light Infantry in India in 1903. On mobilisation for the Great War Grimshaw was appointed Sergeant Master Cook at the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry Depot, prior to being posted to the 5th (Service) Battalion for service in the French theatre of war.

Grimshaw stayed in service after the war, and was employed in Army Recruitment at High Wycombe before being posted with the regiment to Ireland. He was discharged to Pension in November 1920, and joined the Prison Service. Grimshaw was first posted to Dartmoor, and helped to suppress a mutiny of Irish prisoners there. He died in Osney, Oxford in May 1949.

Sold with a photographic image of recipient Prison Warder’s uniform.