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

Date of Auction: 8th December 2016

Sold for £280

Estimate: £200 - £240

Five: Private G. W. Oxley, West Yorkshire Regiment, late West Riding Regiment

Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, 3 clasps, Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal (6156 Pte. J. [sic] Oxley. W. Rid. Regt) wire attachment between 1st and 2nd clasps; King’s South Africa 1901-02, 2 clasps (6156 Pte. J. [sic] Oxley. W. Rid. Regt.); 1914 Star, with clasp (6535 Pte. G. W. Oxley. 1/W. York: R.); British War and Victory Medals (6535 Pte. G. W. Oxley. W. York. R.) contact marks to first two, nearly very fine, trio nearly extremely fine (5) £200-240


George William Oxley was born in Hartlepool, and attested for the 3rd Battalion West Riding Regiment (regimental number 6156), in June 1900. He transferred to the Regular Army, 13 October 1902, and attested for the West Yorkshire Regiment (regimental number 6535) at Halifax, the following day. He transferred to the Army Reserve, 12 October 1909, and was mobilised with the outbreak of the Great War at York, 5 August 1914.

Oxley served with the 1st Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment in the French theatre of war, from 8 September 1914. He was severely wounded in France, and sent back to the UK, 5th October 1914. He was discharged ‘Medically Unfit’, 12 March 1915, having served 14 years and 61 days.

Sold with two portrait photographs of recipient.