A Collection of Medals to the Lancashire Fusiliers

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Date of Auction: 20th September 2002

Sold for £1,500

Estimate: £1,000 - £1,200

A good Great War ‘Western Front’ D.S.O. group of five awarded to Lieutenant Colonel R. E. Cotton, Yorkshire Regiment, attached Lancashire Fusiliers, formerly Hertfordshire Imperial Yeomanry

Distinguished Service Order, G.V.R.; Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, 3 clasps, Cape Colony, Transvaal, Wittebergen (Lieut., 42nd Co., 12 Impl. Yeo.); 1914-15 Star (Capt., York. R.); British War and Victory Medals, with M.I.D. oak leaf (Lt. Col.) mounted as worn with pin removed from reverse of top bar suspension; together with original signed studio portrait of recipient in uniform; telegram inviting Cotton to Buckingham Palace; and two newspaper cuttings, generally nearly extremely fine (5) £1000-1200

Footnote

D.S.O. London Gazette 11 January 1919 (7th Battalion, Yorkshire Regiment, attached 10th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers). ‘For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When a counter-attack by the enemy threatened to envelop the right flank of two battalions, he went forward and restored the situation. This was the second occasion of his defeating a counter-attack, as he had previously, while reconnoitring in the front line, discovered the enemy concentrating, and by promptly organizing battalion headquarters and a machine-gun section, dispersed them. His energy and courage on these two occasions, both under heavy fire of all descriptions, were a fine example to his men.’

Despatches three times London Gazettte 15 June 1916, 14 December 1917 & 8 July 1919.

His twin brother, Lieutenant Colonel R. E. Cotton, Rifle Brigade, was also awarded a D.S.O. for services during the Great War.

Sold with a photostat copy of a detailed article written by Lieutenant Colonel R. E. Cotton, on the movements of the 7th Battalion, Yorkshire Regiment during the Great War, this originally published in the Green Howards’ Gazette.