Medals from the Collection of the late Eric Smith

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Date of Auction: 23rd November 2009

Sold for £130

Estimate: £100 - £120

Three: Engineman J. R. H. Stainsby, Royal Naval Reserve, who was killed in action in H.M. Drifter Datum in October 1916

1914-15 Star (TS. 2017 J. R. H. Stainsby, Tr., R.N.R.); British War and Victory Medals (2017TS. J. R. H. Stainsby, Engn., R.N.R.), the last with corrected initials, extremely fine (3) £100-120


John Robert Harrison Stainsby, who was born in Leith, Edinburgh, in April 1896, was killed in action on the night of 26-27 October 1916, when his ship H.M. Drifter Datum was sunk by enemy destroyers in the Dover Straits. The son of John Robert and Mary Gordon Stainsby of 8 George Street, Leith, he has no known gave and is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial; sold with copied service papers.