An Old Collection of Medals Relating to The Great War

Date of Auction: 19th June 2013

Sold for £2,800

Estimate: £600 - £800

Three: Lieutenant B. W. Onslow, 11th (King Edward’s Own) Lancers, Indian Army, who was killed in action at Gallipoli on 28 July 1915 whilst serving as A.D.C. to General Sir William Birdwood

1914-15 Star (Lieut., 11/Lancers); British War and Victory Medals (Lieut.) nearly extremely fine (3) £600-800


M.I.D. (posthumous) London Gazette 5 November 1915.

Lieutenant Brian Walton Onslow was born in 1892 and educated at Cheltenham College and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst. He took part in the landing at the Dardanelles on 25 April 1915 and was killed in action there on 28 July 1915, whilst serving as A.D.C. to General Sir William Birdwood. General Sir William Birdwood wrote: ‘A finer fellow or better example of the true English gentleman never lived. A son of whom any mother must always have been justly proud. Never out of temper, always doing what he could to help others, able far above the average. I had hoped a brilliant career was in store for him. Every individual here regrets and feels his death. I have lost the best and bravest of officers and truest and trustiest of friends.’

See lot 1212 for brother’s medals.