Exceptional Naval and Polar Awards from the Collection of RC Witte

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Date of Auction: 19th June 2013

Sold for £220

Estimate: £240 - £280

Four: Colour Serjeant R. J. Stanley, 1st Battalion Manchester Regiment, killed in action, battle of Givenchy, 21 December 1914

King’s South Africa 1901-02, 2 clasps, South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902 5523 Pte., Manchester Regt.); 1914 Star (5523 C. Sjt., 1/Manch. R.); British War and Victory Medals (5523 C. Sjt., Manch. R.) first with edge bruising and contact marks, good fine; others extremely fine (4) £240-280


Robert James Stanley was born in Aldershot, Hampshire, lived in Tipton, Staffordshire, and enlisted at Dublin. Serving with the 1st Battalion Manchester Regiment, he was killed in action at Givenchy on 21 December 1914, aged 33 years. having no known grave, his name is commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial. Stanley was posthumously mentioned in French’s despatches (London Gazette 22 June 1915). He was the husband of May Stanley, of ‘Oakdene’, Alexandra Road, Tipton, Staffordshire. With copied research. Entitled to a Q.S.A. with clasps for Cape Colony, Orange Free State and Relief of Kimberley.