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 £1,200

Estimate: £500 - £600

A Great War ‘Western Front’ M.M. group of seven awarded to Second Lieutenant (formerly Squadron Sergeant Major) Bertram Bear, 18th (Queen Mary’s Own) Hussars, later East Yorkshire Regiment

Military Medal, G.V.R. (4855 Sjt., 18/Hrs.); Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, 5 clasps, Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal, South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902 (4855 /L. Corpl., 18th Hussars) suspension claw re-pinned; 1914 Star, with clasp (4855 Sjt., 18/Hrs.); British War and Victory Medals (2. Lieut.); Defence Medal 1939-45; Army L.S. & G.C., G.V.R., type 1 (4855 Sq. S. Mjr., 18/Hrs.) some contact wear and edge bruising, therefore generally nearly very fine (7)


M.M. London Gazette 11 October 1916 (Sjt. (now Sqdn. Sergt. Mjr.), Hussars).

Bertram Bear served in France and Flanders with the 18th Hussars from 15 August 1914, before receiving his commission into the 1st Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment in June 1916 and was subsequently employed with the Machine Gun Corps from 24 February 1918. The Army List for 1920 confirms that he served in France and Belgium from August 1914 to 25 March 1918 and that he was wounded.