A Collection of Medals for the Russian Intervention 1918-20

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Date of Auction: 27th February 2019

Sold for £900

Estimate: £360 - £400

A scarce 1919 ‘Archangel Command, Russian Intervention’ M.M. awarded to Sergeant W. Allington, 45th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers, late Royal West Surrey Regiment, for his gallantry during the ‘Dvina Offensive’, 10 August 1919, in what was the largest battle fought by British troops during the Russian Intervention

Military Medal, G.V.R. (129142 Sjt. W. Allington. 45/R. Fus:) edge bruising and light contact marks, very fine £360-£400

Footnote

M.M. London Gazette 22 January 1920:
‘For bravery in the Field with the British Forces in North Russia.’


William Allington attested for the Royal West Surrey Regiment at Rochester, Kent, on 1 September 1914, and served with the 2nd Battalion during the Great War on the Western Front from 8 November 1914. Subsequently transferring to the Royal Fusiliers, he served with the 45th Battalion as part of Archangel Command with the British Forces in North Russia, and was awarded the Military Medal for his gallantry during the ‘Dvina Offensive’ on 10 August 1919; in the same action Corporal Arthur Sullivan, an Australian volunteer also serving with the 45th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers was awarded the Victoria Cross.