A Collection of Medals to the West Yorkshire (14th Foot) and Yorkshire (19th Foot) Regiments

Date of Auction: 8th December 2016

Sold for £700

Estimate: £300 - £400

A Great War 1917 ‘French Theatre’ M.M. group of three awarded to Company Sergeant Major T. H. Gower, 2/8th Battalion, Yorkshire Regiment, who died of wounds received at the Battle of Cambrai, 23 November 1917

Military Medal, G.V.R. (305674 Sjt: T. H. Gower. 2/8 W. York: R. - T.F.); British War and Victory Medals (2638 W.O. Cl. 2. T. H. Gower. W. York. R.) generally good very fine (3) £300-400

Footnote

M.M. London Gazette 18 June 1917.

Thomas Henry Gower was born in Leeds, Yorkshire, and resided at 4 Thorneville Street, South Headingley, Leeds. He served during the Great War with the 2/8th Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment (Leeds Rifles). He arrived with the Battalion as Company Sergeant Major at Le Havre, in January 1917. During the course of 1917 the 2/8th were engaged on the Ancre, the first attack on Bullecourt, and the Battle of Cambrai. Gower was severely wounded 22 November 1917, when the 2/8th were in the front line before Bourlon as part of the Battle of Cambrai. They were subjected to a heavy barrage, followed by a German counter-attack. Gower died of wounds, 23 November 1917, and is buried in the Rocquigny-Equancourt Road British Cemetery, Manancourt, France.

Sold with photographic image of recipient in uniform.