A Collection of Medals to Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiments

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Date of Auction: 17th September 2009

Sold for £1,600

Estimate: £600 - £800

A Great War M.M. and Bar group of four awarded to Sergeant E. T. Blake, Bedfordshire Regiment

Military Medal, G.V.R., with Second Award Bar (14554 Sjt. E. T. Blake, 7/Bedf. R.); 1914-15 Star (14554 Pte. E. T. Blake, Bedf. R.); British War and Victory Medals (14554 Sjt. E. T. Blake, Bedf. R.), occasional edge bruising and polished, thus generally good fine (4) £600-800


M.M. London Gazette 19 November 1917.

Bar to M.M.
London Gazette 24 January 1919.

Eric T. Blake, who was from Bishop’s Stortford, first entered the French theatre of war with the 4th Battalion, Bedfordshires in late July 1915 and, having transferred to the 7th Battalion, won the Bar to his M.M. for operations on the Somme in the period August to September 1918, and more particularly the capture of Combles (regimental records refer); the relevant
London Gazette, however, lists him as a member of the 2nd Battalion.