The Roy Bartlett Collection of Awards to the R.N.A.S., R.F.C. and R.A.F.

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Date of Auction: 7th March 2007

Sold for £160

Estimate: £100 - £120

Pair: Major H. W. Sidley, Royal Air Force, late Royal Flying Corps

British War Medal 1914-20 (Major, R.A.F.); Victory Medal 1914-19 (2 Lieut., R.F.C.), together with an enamelled R.F.C. sweetheart’s brooch, the first with possible official correction to rank, good very fine and better (3) £100-120


Harold William Sidley, who was born in Nottingham in July 1887, was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Flying Corps in May 1916 and qualified for his “Wings” in a Maurice Farman Biplane at the Military School, Birmingham in the following month (Aviator’s Licence No. 3146). He was, however, subsequently employed as an Equipment Officer, in which capacity he served out in France from September 1916 to August 1917, latterly on attachment to No. 5 Squadron, an artillery observation unit equipped with R.E. 8s. On his return to the U.K., Sidley was employed as a Staff Officer, gaining advancement to Lieutenant in October 1917 and to Acting Major in May 1918. He was placed on the Unemployed List in August 1920.