A Collection of Medals to the Hampshire Regiment

Date of Auction: 19th June 2013

Sold for £1,300

Estimate: £1,200 - £1,600

A Great War D.C.M. group of four awarded to Acting Serjeant W. C. Shadwell, 2/4th Battalion Hampshire Regiment, killed in action on 30 September 1918

Distinguished Conduct Medal, G.V.R. (200305 Sjt., 2/4 Hamps. R.); 1914-15 Star (4-2097 Pte., Hamps. R.); British War and Victory Medals (2087 A. Sjt., Hamps. R.) mounted as worn, good very fine (4) £1200-1600


D.C.M. London Gazette 16 January 1919. ‘For conspicuous gallantry during the attack on Havrincourt on 12th September 1918, when he took command of his platoon after its commander had been killed and continued the advance under a heavy barrage. He led a small party against a strong point, and with splendid dash captured the gun, killing or taking prisoner all the team.’

William Charles Shadwell was born in and enlisted at Basingstoke, Hampshire. For his bravery in action on 12 September 1918 he was awarded the D.C.M. He was killed in action on 30 September 1918.

Shadwell was buried in the Masnieres British Cemetery, Marcoing, Nord, France.