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

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Date of Auction: 2nd April 2004

Sold for £1,400

Estimate: £500 - £600

Four: Private F. Boyington, West Yorkshire Regiment, who was killed in action near Troyon on 20 September 1914

India General Service 1908-35, 1 clasp, North West Frontier 1908 (7797 Pte., 1st W.Y. Regt.); 1914 Star (7797 Pte., 1/W. York. R.); British War and Victory Medals (7797 Pte., W. York. R.), with related Memorial Plaque (Fred Boyington), light contact marks in places, generally good very fine (5) £500-600

Footnote

Fred Boyington, who was born at Harrogate, Yorkshire and enlisted at Leeds, was killed in action in the vicinity of the Chemin des Dames, north of Troyon, on 20 September 1914, while serving in the 1st Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment.

On that date the Battalion lost 71 other ranks killed, 110 wounded and 436 missing, an officer of the 1st Loyal North Lancashires - which unit was sent to the relief of the West Yorkshires - noting that their positions were full of dead and that it was impossible to dig without uncovering bodies.

Boyington is commemorated on La Ferte-sous-Jouarre Memorial.