Exceptional Naval and Polar Awards from the Collection of RC Witte

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Date of Auction: 19th June 2013

Sold for £110

Estimate: £80 - £100

Pair: Stoker 1st Class W. Montgomery, Royal Fleet Reserve, late Royal Navy, who was taken prisoner at Antwerp in 1914, while attached to the Benbow Battalion, Royal Naval Division

1914 Star (SS. 103693 W. Montgomery, Sto. 1 Cl., Benbow Bttn. R.N.D.); Royal Fleet Reserve L.S. & G.C., G.V.R. (SS. 103693 PO. B. 4598 W. Montgomery, Sto. 1, R.F.R.), good very fine (2) £80-100


Walter Montgomery was born in Ashby St. Ledgers, Warwickshire, in May 1886, and entered the Royal Navy as a Stoker in September 1906. Coming ashore as a Stoker 1st Class ‘time expired’ in September 1911, he enrolled in the Royal Fleet Reserve, and was quickly recalled on the outbreak of hostilities in August 1914. Posted to Benbow Battalion, Royal Naval Division, he was among those interned in Holland after the retreat from Antwerp. Repatriated in January 1919, Montgomery was demobilised in June 1920; sold with copied service record.