The Fine Collection of Medals to 'Old Contemptibles' formed by Major Bob Keay

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Date of Auction: 1st December 2010

Sold for £1,100

Estimate: £400 - £450

Seven: Captain & Quartermaster (formerly Regimental Sergeant Major) A. E. Brooks, 1st (Royal) Dragoons, late 15th (Northumberland) Company, 5th Battalion Imperial Yeomanry

Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, 4 clasps, Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal, South Africa 1901 (2304 S.S. Major, 15th Coy., 5th Impl. Yeo.) last clasp a contemporary tailor’s copy; 1914 Star, with clasp (2304 R.S. Mjr., 1/Dns.); British War and Victory Medals, with M.I.D. oak leaf (2304 W.O.Cl.I, 1-Dns.); Coronation 1911; Army L.S. & G.C., E.VII.R. (2304 S.S. Major, 1st Rl. Dragoons); Territorial Decoration, G.V.R., complete with top suspension bar, generally good very fine (7) £400-450


Alfred E. Brooks served with the B.E.F. in France and Flanders from 3 October 1914 to 24 March 1915, on which date he was granted a commission in the rank of Quartermaster and Honorary Lieutenant with the 1st Dragoons. He transferred to the Northumberland Hussars Yeomanry in September 1917, with whom he served in Italy from 25 May to 4 November 1918, subsequently being promoted Captain in May 1920. Sold with copy service papers and m.i.c. The M.I.D. is not confirmed.