A Collection of Medals to the 13th Regiment and Somerset Light Infantry

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Date of Auction: 2nd April 2004

Sold for £920

Estimate: £140 - £160

Three: Private J. Crilley, Somerset Light Infantry, who was killed in action at Le Cateau in August 1914

1914 Star, with clasp (9111 Pte., 1/Som. L.I.); British War and Victory Medals (9111 Pte., Som. L.I.), good very fine and better (3) £140-160


John Crilley was killed in action at Le Cateau on 26 August 1914, while serving with the 1st Battalion, Somerset Light Infantry.

An Exeter man, he was a regular soldier, having transferred to the 1st Battalion from the 3rd (Special Reserve) Battalion in late 1911. Cross, who appears in a photograph of Battalion signallers that was featured in The Light Bob Gazette in December 1912, was interred in Fontaine-au-Pire Communal Cemetery. He is also commemorated on the regimental memorial in St. Mary’s Church, Taunton.