A Collection of Gallantry Awards to the South Wales Borderers

Date of Auction: 28th February 2018

Sold for £1,200

Estimate: £1,400 - £1,800

A Great War ‘Festubert 1914’ D.C.M. awarded to Private W. Adams, 2nd Battalion, South Wales Borderers, who was killed in action at Gallipoli on 5 August 1915

Distinguished Conduct Medal, G.V.R. (13208 Pte. W. Adams, 2/S.W. Bord.); Memorial Plaque (William Adams) plaque with slight bruising, DCM nearly extremely fine (2) £1400-1800


D.C.M. London Gazette 23 June 1915:
‘For conspicuous gallantry from the 21st to 23rd December, 1914, near Festubert. Difficulties arose in getting necessary supplies to the men in the forward trenches, and the only known communication trench being impassable, he, with another man, carried the rations over a fire-swept zone of 1,100 yards after the ration party had been dispersed by heavy fire. He subsequently returned and took up ammunition to the same trenches.’

William Adams was born in Redbrook, Gloucestershire and attested for the South Wales Borderers at Newport, Monmouthshire. He served with the 2nd Battalion during the Great War on the Western Front, and was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for conspicuous gallantry near Festubert, 21-23 December 1914. He was killed in action at Gully Ravine, Gallipoli on 5 August 1915, during the attack on Krithia, and is buried in Twelve Tree Copse Cemetery, Turkey.

Sold together with a photograph of the recipient’s C.W.G.C. Headstone.