The Collection of Medals to Great War Casualties formed by Tim Parsons

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Date of Auction: 2nd April 2004

Sold for £450

Estimate: £350 - £400

Three: Private A. V. Flockton, Coldstream Guards, who was killed in action at Rozroy on 6 September 1914

1914 Star (10203 Pte., C. Gds.); British War and Victory Medals (10203 Pte., C. Gds.), with related Memorial Plaque (Albert Victor Flockton), nearly extremely fine (4) £350-400

Footnote

The following extract was taken from a local newspaper obituary:

‘The deepest sympathy will be extended to the parents of Private Albert Victor Flockton who was killed in action at Rozroy, a village in France, last month. The sad news reached his home at 133, Little Heath Road, Foleshill sixteen days later.

The fallen soldier was a Private in No. 1 Company of the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards, and was of splendid physique. Although only 20 years of age he stood at 6ft. 2in. in height, and was built to proportion. He joined the Guards about 16 months ago, being a clerk in the Orderly Room at Aldershot. Some years ago he was a member of the Church Lads Brigade.

On the day he was killed the 1st Coldstreams were sent out as an advance guard for the 1st Brigade. They came into contact with the Germans and Flockton was shot in the back, three of his comrades being killed at the same time.’

Flockton, who was born at Stratford-on-Avon, is commemorated on a memorial at the Montreuil-aux-Lions British Cemetery, France, and on a special screen at his local church, St. Laurence’s, Foleshill, Coventry, where he had been a chorister; photographs of the latter memorial are included.