An Old Collection of Medals Relating to The Great War

Date of Auction: 19th June 2013

Sold for £980

Estimate: £600 - £800

Three: Lieutenant J. L. Wordsworth, 5th (Royal Irish) Lancers, who was killed in action on 4 November 1914

1914 Star, with clasp (Lieut., 5/Lrs.); British War and Victory Medals (Lieut.) nearly extremely fine (3) £600-800


Lieutenant John Lionel Wordsworth was born in April 1882 and educated at Caius College, Cambridge. He entered the Yorkshire, R.G.A. (Militia) in April 1902, becoming Lieutenant in June 1904. He joined the 5th Lancers as Second Lieutenant in May 1906, becoming Lieutenant in May 1908. From August 1909 to November 1911 he was A.D.C. to the General Officer Commander-in-Chief, Northern Command. He was killed in action in France and Flanders on 4 November 1914 and his name is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial.