The Great War Medal Collection of Robin H.J. Darvell

Date of Auction: 31st January 2011

Sold for £230

Estimate: £250 - £300

Three: Private B. McGovern, 2nd Battalion West Riding Regiment, killed in action, France/Flanders, 8 September 1915

1914 Star, with clasp (3-10463 Pte., W. Rid. R.); British War and Victory Medals (3-10463 Pte., W. Rid. R.); with ‘The West Riding’ cap badge, good very fine (4) £250-300


Bernard William McGovern was born and lived in Bradford, West Yorkshire and enlisted at Halifax. Serving with the West Riding Regiment, he entered the France/Flanders theatre of war on 14 August 1914. With the 2nd Battalion he was killed in action on 8 September 1915, aged 20 years - being one of two ‘other ranks’ killed on that day due to enemy shelling. He was buried in the Carnoy Military Cemetery, Somme, France. Private McGovern was the son of Patrick and Catherine McGovern of Bradford.