Medals to Great War Casualties from the Collection of the late Ian Livesley

Date of Auction: 5th July 2011

Sold for £580

Estimate: £500 - £600

Three: Captain Matthew Thomas, 1/7th Battalion, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, who was killed in action at Neuve Chapelle on 30 December 1915

1914-15 Star (Capt., L. N. Lan. R.); British War and Victory Medals (Capt.); together with memorial plaque (Matthew Thomas); original card boxes of issue for medals and original notification letter from the Imperial War Graves Commission, extremely fine (4) £500-600


Captain Matthew Thomas was educated at St Martyrs Shool, Wigan Grammar School and King’s College London. He was shot by a sniper on 30 December 1915 and is buried at Le Touret Military Cemetery, France. His obituary published in The Times states: ‘He fell while warning his men to take cover from a dangerous sniper, to whom he himself became a victim.’