Exceptional Naval and Polar Awards from the Collection of RC Witte

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Date of Auction: 19th June 2013

Sold for £250

Estimate: £140 - £160

Five: Sergeant H. J. Mortley, 19th Hussars

1914 Star, with clasp (5597 L. Cpl. H. J. Mortley, 19/Hrs.); British War and Victory Medals, M.I.D. oak leaf (5597 Sjt. H. J. Mortley, 19-Hrs.); Defence Medal 1939-45; Belgium, Veterans of King Albert 1909-34 Medal, with two gilt palm riband fitments, mounted as worn, polished, thus good fine or better (5) £140-160


Henry John Mortley first entered the French theatre of war as a Lance-Corporal in the 19th Hussars on 10 September 1914 and was discharged as a Sergeant in January 1919, after eight years with the Colours, his Character Certificate verifying he had been ‘mentioned in despatches for gallantry’; sold with a fine Great War period studio portrait photograph of the recipient in uniform, together with copied Character Certificate.