A Collection of Medals to the Lancashire Fusiliers

Date of Auction: 20th September 2002

Sold for £620

Estimate: £250 - £300

Three: Private T. A. Smith, Lancashire Fusiliers, killed in action on 25 April 1915 at ‘W’ Beach Gallipoli, in the famous ‘Six V.C’s. before Breakfast’ action

1914-15 Star (1584 Pte., Lan. Fus.); British War and Victory Medals (1584 Pte., Lan. Fus.) nearly extremely fine (3) £250-300


Thomas Albert Smith was born at Tottenham, Middlesex and enlisted in London. He was killed in action at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915, during the initial landings at ‘W’ Beach. The regiment famously gained the award of six Victoria crosses in this action. He has no known grave and his name is therefore commemorated on the Helles memorial.