A Collection of Medals to the Surrey Yeomanry
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Date of Auction: 29th June 2006
Sold for £270
Estimate: £140 - £180
1914-15 Star (1504 Pte., Surr. Yeo.); British War and Victory Medals (2 Lieut.) extremely fine (3) £140-180
FootnotePrivate Claude Bedell Rose, “A” Squadron, Surrey Yeomanry, entered the France/Flanders theatre of war on 21 December 1914. He was discharged to a commission in the 13th (Wandsworth) Battalion East Surrey Regiment on 23 March 1917. 2nd Lieutenant Rose was wounded on 21 August 1917. The incident is mentioned in the History of the East Surrey Regiment by Pearse & Sloman, Vol.III, p.102, when his battalion was based at the ‘Fifteen Ravine’ sector, near Villers-Plouich, eight miles S.S.W. of Cambrai.
‘On the night of the 21st a patrol was suddenly heavily bombed in Fifteen Ravine. One man was killed and 2nd Lieut. C. B. Rose and eight men wounded. Sergt. J. Sutcliffe, who was severely wounded in the knee, was taken prisoner. On hearing of this incident, Lieut. V. W. Scott twice organized search parties and remained with them for several hours in “No Man’s Land, showing a complete disregard of danger as well as initiative and resource”. For this service Lieut. Scott was awarded the Military Cross. ... On August 29th the Military Medal was conferred on Lce.-Cpl. A. E. Cartwright for his gallant conduct on the night of August 21st, when the above-mentioned patrol, which he accompanied, suffered heavy casualties. Lce.-Cpl. Cartwright had been greatly instrumental in bringing back the wounded to the Battalion lines, and throughout displayed great courage and enterprise’.