A fine Collection of Medals to the Sherwood Foresters

Date of Auction: 19th September 2013

Sold for £1,450

Estimate: £1,200 - £1,500

A Great War D.C.M. group of seven awarded to Warrant Officer Class 1 W. Mountenay, 1/8th Battalion Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Regiment

Distinguished Conduct Medal, G.V.R. (6164 R.S. Mjr., 1/8 Notts. & Derby. R.); Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, 4 clasps, Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal, South Africa 1902 (6164 Pte., Derby. Regt.); 1914-15 Star (6164 C.S. Mjr., Notts. & Derby. R.); British War and Victory Medals (6164 T.W.O. Cl. 1, Notts. & Derby. R.); Army L.S. & G.C., G.V.R., 1st issue (6164 C.S. Mjr., N. & D.R.); Belgium, Croix de Guerre, ‘A’ cypher, mounted for display, in case, some edge bruising and contact marks, very fine (7) £1200-1500


D.C.M. London Gazette 3 June 1919; citation: 11 March 1920. ‘He showed conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during the period of March to November, 1918. At Cambrai, in March, 1918, he showed untiring energy in rescuing wounded under heavy artillery fire, when several direct hits were obtained on battalion headquarters.’

Belgian Croix de Guerre
London Gazette 12 July 1918.

William Moutenay was born in Mansfield in September 1880. A Miner by occupation, he enlisted into the Derbyshire Regiment on 25 January 1899. He served with his regiment in the Boer War and was with No. 4 Company, 28th Mounted Infantry. He was present at the action of Boschbult, 31 March 1902. As C.S.M. of 1/8th Battalion Sherwood Foresters, he entered the France/Flanders theatre of war on 2 May 1915. He remained there until 15 May 1915 when he was invalided home due to wounds. He returned as R.S.M. on 30 September 1915. Mountenay was wounded again on 15 October 1915 during the attack on Point 60 near the Hohenzollern Redoubt. He was awarded the D.C.M. for service during March-November 1918 and in particular for his bravery at Cambrai during March 1918. Mountenay was discharged on 18 August 1921. He died on 7 April 1956. With copied research including a copied photograph.