Medals to the R.F.C. and R.A.F. from the Collection Formed by the Late Squadron Leader David Haller

Date of Auction: 25th March 2014

Sold for £190

Estimate: £60 - £80

Pair: Flying Officer J. D. L. Welby, Royal Air Force, late R.A.M.C., Lincolnshire Regiment, Leicestershire Regiment and Royal Flying Corps, who was wounded in a combat in March 1918, while serving as an Observer in No. 59 Squadron

British War and Victory Medals (Fg. Off. J. D. L. Welby, R.A.F.), officially impressed but much later naming, extremely fine £60-80


John Doolan Lillis “Jack” Welby, who was born in 1888, originally went out to France with a Mobile Field Hospital of the R.A.M.C., but transferred to the Lincolnshire Regiment in early 1916, when he was appointed a Sergeant in the 11th Battalion. Having then been transferred to the 2nd Battalion later in the same year, he was commissioned into the Leicestershire Regiment and transferred to the Royal Flying Corps in September 1917. Qualifying as an Observer, he joined No. 59 Squadron out in France, but was wounded in the knee when his R.E. 8 was shot up in a combat in March 1918. Evacuated home, he ended the War at R.A.F. Cranwell and was demobilised in November 1919. Welby, who settled in Dulwich and became a banker, died aged 92 years; sold with three original portrait photographs and another of the recipient’s parents.