Exceptional Naval and Polar Awards from the Collection of RC Witte

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Date of Auction: 19th June 2013

Sold for £680

Estimate: £500 - £600

Six: Sergeant C. V. Beard, Royal Flying Corps and Royal Air Force

1914 Star, with clasp (317 2/A.M. C. V. Beard. R.F.C.); British War and Victory Medals (317 1.A.M. C. V. Beard. R.F.C.); Defence and War Medals; Royal Air Force L.S. & G.C., G.V.R., with additional (unconfirmed) long service bar (317 Sgt. C. V. Beard. R.A.F.) mounted as worn, nearly very fine or better (6) £500-600


Beard, originally from Oldham, enlisted on 18 March 1912, as a Gunner with 28 Company R.G.A. (No. 36781), and was posted to 3 Squadron, 20 August 1912, on transfer to the Royal Flying Corps. He earned his 1914 Star and clasp in France as 2 Air Mechanic with 3 Squadron from 13 August 1914, and was promoted to 1 A.M. (Fitter-General) on 1 March 1916. He was awarded the L.S. & G.C. medal as a Sergeant on 17 October 1934, but the award of the bar has not been confirmed. 1914 Star and clasp confirmed in A Contemptible Little Flying Corps, by J. V. Webb.