A small collection of medals to the Essex Regiment

Date of Auction: 15th September 2021

Sold for £260

Estimate: £240 - £280

Five: Private F. H. Lines, Essex Regiment

Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, 4 clasps, Relief of Kimberley, Paardeberg, Driefontein, Belfast (5307 Pte. T. [sic] H. Lines, 1: Essex Regt.) minor official correction; King’s South Africa 1901-02, 2 clasps, South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902 (5307 Pte. H. Lines. Essex Regt.); 1914-15 Star (5307 Pte F. H. Lines. Essex R.); British War and Victory Medals (Pte. F. H. Lines Essex R.) toned, good very fine (5) £240-£280


Frank Lines was born in Bow, London, on 11 September 1876 and attested for the 4th (Militia) Battalion, Essex Regiment on 4 October 1898, transferring to the Regular Army on 29 December 1898. He served with the 1st Battalion in South Africa during the Boer War, before transferring to the Reserve on 8 February 1907.

Recalled for service during the Great War, Lines served with the 2nd Battalion on the Western Front from 12 December 1914, and was wounded by shrapnel to the right shoulder during the second Battle of Ypres on 1 May 1915. Although not recorded on his papers, Lines states in letters among them that he was wounded again in the right hip and thigh on 12 August 1916 at Pozieres, while serving with 9th Battalion. He transferred to the Labour Corps on 23 November 1917, and subsequently to the 3rd (Reserve) Battalion, Yorkshire Regiment on 5 May 1918. He was discharged Class Z on 13 January 1919. He died in Bethnal Green in 1947.