Medals to the Royal Tank Regiment from the Collection of Bill Green

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Date of Auction: 4th July 2001

Sold for £95

Estimate: £50 - £60

Four: Sergeant F. Berry, 9th Royal Tank Regiment

1939-45 Star; France and Germany Star; Defence & War Medals, with M.I.D. oak leaf, French 3rd Grenadier Division metal sleeve badge, named “Qui s’y Frotte s’y Brule” Association Membership Card, a brief history of the 9th R.T.R. and other items, extremely fine (4) £50-60


M.I.D. London Gazette 10 May 1945.

The 9th Battalion of the Tank Corps won the right to wear the badge of the 3rd Grenadier Division of the French Army for supporting them at the battle of Moreuil in the summer of 1918. It is worn on the upper left sleeve by all ranks and the tradition was continued when the 9th R.T.R. was formed in 1940. The motto “Qui s’y Frotte s’y Brule” loosely translated, reads ‘he who touches me, gets burned’.