Medals from the Collection of Brigadier Brian Parritt, C.B.E.
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Date of Auction: 19th March 2008
Sold for £120
Estimate: £80 - £100
1914-15 Star (2 Lieut., R.F.A.); Victory Medal 1914-19 (Lieut.) extremely fine (2) £80-100
FootnoteReginald Valentine Manford was born in Welshpool, Montgomeryshire on 14 February 1892. Educated at Welshpool Grammar School, and then became the Private Secretary to the Earl of Powis at Powis Castle. On 2 March 1914 he joined “B” Company Montgomeryshire Yeomanry as 2080 Private R.V. Manford. On 21 May 1914 he was promoted Lance-Corporal Artificer in the Motor Cycle Section and on 5 August 1914 was embodied into “D” Company and was later promoted Sergeant.
On 22 February 1915, having served 358 days in uniform, he was commissioned into the Royal Field Artillery (Chester Brigade). He entered the France/Flanders theatre of war on 21 November 1915. On 8 August 1918 as a Lieutenant serving with 59 Battery, R.F.A. in the 18th Army Brigade, 1st British Army, he was killed in action, aged 26 years. He was buried in Ribemont Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme. He was the son of Mr and Mrs S. Manford of Springbank, Welshpool. Sold with copied service papers.