A Collection of Medals to the York & Lancaster Regiment

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Date of Auction: 6th May 1992

Sold for £100

Estimate: £60 - £80

Pair: Private F.H. Brookfield, 12th Sheffield City Battalion

BRITISH WAR AND VICTORY MEDALS (12-318 Pte., York & Lanc. R.) together with bronze Memorial Plaque extremely fine (3)


Frederick Harold Brookfield was killed in action on the first day of the Somme, 1st July 1916. He enlisted in the 12th (City) Bn. on 6th September, 1914, and served in Egypt and France. He is commemorated by name on the Thiepval Memorial in France. The following extract is taken from 'History of the Sheffield City Battalion' by R.A. Sparling: 'The 1st of July 1916, will be remembered as one of the saddest and most tragic, yet withal one of the most glorious, pages of Sheffield history, for on that day there fell in battle the largest number of Sheffield men ever known. Around it sacred memories will ever cling as citizens recall the gallant men who in a few minutes put to the test their long months of training.’