Medals from the Collection of the late Eric Smith

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Date of Auction: 23rd November 2009

Sold for £140

Estimate: £60 - £80

Pair: Shipwright 2nd Class V. B. Budden, Royal Navy, who died in H.M.S. Begonia, a Q-Ship that disappeared without trace in October 1917

British War and Victory Medals (M.9339 V. B. Budden, Shpt. 2, R.N.), nearly extremely fine (2) £60-80


Victor Barratt Budden died on 6 October 1917, when his ship, the ex-sloop H.M.S. Begonia, disappeared without trace while operating in disguise as a merchantman in the Mediterranean. He was the son of Frederick and Sarah Budden of 14 Baffin’s Road, Copnor, Portsmouth, husband of Eliza May Budden of 11 St. Mary Road, Portsmouth, and is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial.