The Late Bruce C Cazel Collection of British Campaign Awards

Date of Auction: 16th November 2009

Sold for £80

Estimate: £40 - £60

British War Medal 1914-20 (331 Pte. N. Catchpole, A.N. & M.E.F.) extremely fine, scarce unit


Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force.

Newton Catchpole was born in Letheringham, Suffolk. Having previously served for 10 years in the Volunteer Garrison Artillery in Bombay, he later emigrated to Australia. A Storekeeper by occupation, he attested into the 3rd Battalion Naval and Military Forces, Tropical Unit, on 15 January 1915, aged 39 years, 3 months. He embarked at Sydney on 25 January 1915 and sailed for Rabaul, Papua New Guinea. On 7 February 1915 Catchpole was posted to ‘G’ Company, 3rd Battalion, Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force. On 6 March 1915 he was detailed for a course in gunnery at the Matupi Battery, Rabaul, but some time after this he became ill and as a consequence was returned to Australia on 18 July 1915. After one months recuperative leave he was discharged from the services on 24 September 1915. With copied service papers.