An Old Collection of Medals Relating to The Great War

Date of Auction: 19th June 2013

Sold for £1,100

Estimate: £500 - £600

Three: Second Lieutenant A. H. Footner, Essex Regiment, formerly Ceylon Planter’s Rifle Corps, who was killed in action at Gallipoli on 6 August 1915

1914-15 Star (1983 Pte., Ceylon Plr. R.C.); British War and Victory Medals (2. Lieut.) nearly extremely fine (3) £500-600


Second Lieutenant Arthur Henry Footner was born in 1887 and educated at Whitgift Grammar School and on the outbreak of the Great War was working as a tea planter in Ceylon. He joined the Ceylon Planter’s Rife Corps and travelled to Egypt where he fought the Turks on the Suez Canal, prior to being attached to the H.Q. of the New Zealand Contingent with whom he landed at Gaba Tepe, Gallipoli in April 1915. He continued to serve on the peninsula having been gazetted into the Essex Regiment and was killed in action whilst gallantly leading his men in an assault on a Turkish trench near Cape Helles on 6 August 1915.