A Collection of Medals to the Sussex Yeomanry

Date of Auction: 19th June 2013

Sold for £220

Estimate: £140 - £180

Five: Lieutenant S. W. Challis, Royal Field Artillery, late Sussex Yeomanry - latterly an officer in the Sussex Home Guard

1914-15 Star (1192 L-Cpl., Suss. Yeo.); British War and Victory Medals (2-Lieut.); Defence Medal, unnamed; Territorial Efficiency Medal, G.V.R. (1192 A-Sjt., Suss. Yeo.) last with minor correction to surname, mounted as worn, nearly extremely fine (5) £140-180


Sydney Walter Challis was born on 19 May 1889. As a Lance-Corporal in the Sussex Yeomanry, he entered Gallipoli on 7 October 1915. Later served in Egypt. Discharged to a commission in the R.F.A. on 20 July 1917. T.E.M. issued in 1938. Enrolled in the Sussex Local Defence Volunteers (Home Guard) on 19 May 1940. Was appointed a 2nd Lieutenant in the 14th (Hove) Home Guard, Royal Sussex Regiment in November 1942(?) and advanced to Lieutenant in April 1943. Latterly employed as a School Teacher, he died in Hove on 16 June 1979. With a copy of the death certificate; copied m.i.c., Home Guard enrollment papers and other research.