Exceptional Naval and Polar Awards from the Collection of RC Witte

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Date of Auction: 19th June 2013

Sold for £130

Estimate: £120 - £160

Three: Private A. Godfrey, 1st Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment

1914 Star, with copy slip-on clasp (10066 Pte. F. Godfrey, 1/E. York. R.); British War and Victory Medals (10066 Pte. A. Godfrey, E. York. R.) note different initials, mounted as worn, good very fine (3) £120-160


Alfred (Fred) Godfrey was born in Hull on 3 November 1894, the son of George Dyson and Elizabeth Godfrey. Enlisting at Beverley and serving with the 1st Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment, he entered France on 8 September 1914. Clasp confirmed. He later served with the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. Godfrey was discharged from the East Yorkshire Regiment on 26 May 1920 ‘being no longer physically fit for war service.’ He then served in the Merchant Navy as a Steward, 1920-25, his home address being 16 Horace Avenue, Cave Street, Beverley Road, Hull. He married Winifred Caroline Bray in April 1939, being employed as an Aircraft Inspector at the time. During the war, January 1939-November 1945 he was employed as a Viewer at the Blackburn Aircraft Company at Brough, East Yorkshire.

With original birth certificate; marriage certificate; Discharge Certificate; Character Certificate; Merchant Navy Continuous Certificate of Discharge; British Legion Membership Card, with four associated payment slips; four letters re. his employment - three giving references. With copied m.i.c.