A Collection of Medals to the Hampshire Regiment

Date of Auction: 19th June 2013

Sold for £580

Estimate: £300 - £400

A ‘Passchendaele’ D.C.M. group of three replacement medals awarded to Sergeant J. C. Freemantle, 14th Hampshire Regiment

Distinguished Conduct Medal, G.V.R. (380505 Sjt. J. C. Freemantle. 14-Hamps. R.); British War and Victory Medals (380505 Sjt. J. C. Freemantle. Hamps. R.) Note: These are all unmarked official replacements; the original group is in the regimental museum, extremely fine (3)
£300-400

Footnote

D.C.M. London Gazette 4 March 1918:

‘For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty when in command of a platoon. Though owing to heavy casualties he lost touch temporarily with his company, he succeeded in reaching the final objective where he established himself in a post within fifty yards of the enemy’s strong point. He fearlessly sniped back at the enemy snipers. It is mainly due to his efforts that the enemy assembly for counter-attack was brought to notice in good time and broken up by our artillery.’

Freemantle received a Divisional commendation dated 16 October 1917: ‘The Major-General Commanding the 39th Division wishes to place on record his appreciation of your conspicuous gallantry & good leading East of Ypres on the 26/27th September, 1917, when, although separated from the rest of your Company you led your men forward & captured the objective under heavy fire.’

Sold with copied research including Divisional commendation, War Diary entry and local (Romsey) news cutting.