A Collection of Medals to the 20th (Blackheath and Woolwich) Battalion, London Regiment

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Date of Auction: 25th September 2008

Sold for £650

Estimate: £500 - £600

A Great War ‘Western Front’ M.M. group of four awarded to Sergeant T. Sargent, 1/20th Battalion, London Regiment, who was taken prisoner of war in 1918

Military Medal, G.V.R. (631070 A. Cpl., 1/20 Lond. R.); 1914-15 Star (3031 Pte., 20-Lond. R.); British War and Victory Medals (3031 Sjt., 20-Lond. R.) nearly extremely fine (4) £500-600


M.M. London Gazette 17 September 1917.

Sold with a copied newspaper article from
The Lee Journal, which includes a photograph and states: ‘... His old friends at the Paris House found him exceedingly modest as to the circumstances under which he was awarded the medal. It transpired that he had served as a bomber, had led a platoon of bombers and had “brought a few Germans home with him.”

A subsequent entry in the same newspaper on 15 May 1918 states that Sergeant Tom Sargent has been reported as being a prisoner of war.