An Old Collection of Medals Relating to The Great War

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Date of Auction: 19th June 2013

Sold for £390

Estimate: £350 - £450

Three: Second Lieutenant J. K. Ground, 10th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment, formerly Honourable Artillery Company, who was killed in action on the Western Front, 19 June 1916

1914 Star, with clasp (1312 Pte., H.A.C.); British War and Victory Medals (2. Lieut.) mounted for wear, nearly extremely fine (3) £350-450


John Kingston Ground was born in Maidstone, Kent, the son of Edward and Eleanor Ground. An Architect by occupation, he attested for the Honorable Artillery Company at Armoury House, Finsbury, on 10 August 1914, aged 27 years, 9 months. Serving with them he entered France on 20 September 1914. At Hooge, on 20 June 1915 he received a gunshot wound to his right arm and back and after a period in No. 13 Stationary Hospital was transferred to England. Ground was discharged to a commission in the Royal West Kent Regiment on 9 November 1915. Serving as a 2nd Lieutenant with the 10th Battalion, Ground was killed in action on 19 June 1916, aged 29 years. He was buried in the Tancrez Farm Cemetery, Hainaut, France. With copied service papers and m.i.c.