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 £400

Estimate: £300 - £350

A Great War M.M. group of three awarded to Private H. G. Roberts, 20th Battalion, London Regiment

Military Medal, G.V.R. (632788 Pte., 20/Lond. R.); British War and Victory Medals (5785 Pte., 20-Lond. R.) some contact wear and suspension slightly buckled on B.W.M., therefore nearly very fine (3) £300-350


M.M. London Gazette 13 March 1919.

Henry G. Roberts is mentioned in the Battalion History for gallantry in the Battle of Sheria, Palestine in November 1917: ‘... The enemy launched several small counter-attacks, but these were repulsed, and the men spent the day lying in the little niches which each had carved for himself on the ground where he lay. The indirect fire of hostile machine guns and rifles made it impossible to move without casualties. Indeed, several men were wounded without moving, and Private H. G. Roberts, a stretcher-bearer belonging to ‘B’ Company, did gallant work in binding up these cases under fire.’