Medals from the Collection of the late Eric Smith

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Date of Auction: 23rd November 2009

Sold for £330

Estimate: £200 - £250

Three: Wireman 2nd Class J. S. Orchard, Royal Navy, who was killed in action in H.M.S. Queen Mary at the battle of Jutland in May 1916

1914-15 Star (M.13340 J. S. Orchard, Wmn. 2, R.N.); British War and Victory Medals (M.13340 J. S. Orchard, Wmn. 2, R.N.) extremely fine (3) £200-250


Wireman 2nd Class John Stanley Orchard was killed in action on 31 May 1916, when his ship the battle cruiser Queen Mary blew up and sank at Jutland. The son of Thomas Orchard of The Launceston Arms Hotel, Launceston, Cornwall, he was 19 years of age, had no known grave and is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial.