A Collection of Gallantry Awards to the South Wales Borderers

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Date of Auction: 28th February 2018

Sold for £900

Estimate: £1,000 - £1,400

A Great War ‘Western Front’ 1916 M.C. group of four awarded to Captain F. J. Easterbrook, 6th Battalion, South Wales Borderers, later Royal Engineers, for his gallantry in maintaining a light railway when under incessant shell fire

Military Cross, G.V.R., unnamed as issued; 1914-15 Star (Capt. F. J. Easterbrook. S. Wales Bord.); British War and Victory Medals, with M.I.D. oak leaves (Capt. F. J. Easterbrook.); Defence and War Medals 1939-45, very fine (6) £1000-1400

Footnote

M.C. London Gazette 24 June 1916:
‘For consistent gallantry and devotion to duty when maintaining the light railway under incessant shell fire.’


Frederick James Easterbrook was commissioned Lieutenant in the 6th Battalion (Pioneers), South Wales Borderers on 25 February 1915, and was promoted Captain on 1 June 1915. He served with the 6th Battalion during the Great War on the Western Front from 13 September 1915, arriving just in time for the Battle of Loos, and was awarded the Military Cross whilst attached to the 17th Corps Light Railway Company. He subsequently transferred to the Royal Engineers, 12 June 1916, and returned to the U.K. on 23 August 1918. Following the outbreak of the Second World War he was re-commissioned Lieutenant in the Royal Engineers on 27 May 1940, before transferring to the General List as a Captain on 11 March 1943.

M.I.D. unconfirmed.