A fine Collection of Medals to the Sherwood Foresters

Date of Auction: 19th September 2013

Sold for £550

Estimate: £700 - £800

A Great War D.C.M. awarded to Acting Serjeant W. Collins, 11th (Service) Battalion Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Regiment

Distinguished Conduct Medal, G.V.R. (19116 pl.-A. Sjt., 11/Notts. & Derby. R.) contact marks, good fine £700-800


D.C.M. London Gazette 12 March 1919; citation: 2 December 1919. ‘On the 5th October, 1918, in the attack and capture of Guisancourt Farm, south of Villers Outreaux. He was one of the carrying party, and noticing that the line was held up by very heavy machine-gun fire, he rallied all the men near him and rushed forward into the firing line, thus materially assisting the advance and capture of the objective. Again, on 9th October, when the leading line had been held up by very heavy machine-gun and artillery fire over open sights in the railway cutting south of Honnechy, he rushed forward alone, and then by crawling reached an enemy machine gun, which he captured single-handed. He showed splendid gallantry and determination.’

Private William Collins, Notts. & Derby. Regiment, entered the France/Flanders theatre of war on 23 September 1915. Was awarded the 1914-15 Star trio. Transferred to Class ‘Z’ Reserve on 18 January 1919. With copied research.