A Collection of Medals to the 23rd Foot Royal Welsh Fusiliers

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Date of Auction: 27th February 2019

Sold for £1,800

Estimate: £1,000 - £1,200

A Great War ‘Western Front’ M.C. group of seven awarded to Second Lieutenant L. H. B. Price, 4th (Denbighshire) Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers

Military Cross, G.V.R.; British War and Victory Medals (2. Lieut. L. H. B. Price.); France and Germany Star; Defence and War Medals; Efficiency Decoration, Territorial, G.VI.R., 2nd type, with additional service bar, both officially dated ‘1951’, mounted as worn, good very fine (7) £1,000-£1,200

Footnote

M.C. London Gazette 16 September 1918:

‘For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When all other officers of his company had been killed, he rallied his men in a desperate effort to gain the objective. When forced to withdraw he collected them in the front line and regardless of machine-gun fire, walked along the parapet encouraging them. For the remainder of the day he worked incessantly in bringing back wounded.’

Lewis Herbert Bowles Price was born in 1897 on the Wirral, Cheshire. He was educated at St Bees School, Cumbria, and was commissioned Second Lieutenant from Cadet into the 4th (Denbighshire) Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers, on 23 November 1916, entering France on 27 March 1917. He is recorded as ‘Wounded, France, Belgium’ in the St Bees Roll of Honour. He subsequently transferred to the Royal Air Force on 2 October 1918, and was made Lieutenant, 4th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers, on 26 January 1926.

Sold with St. Bees School Roll of Honour and Record of Service (1921), and The 4th (Denbighshire) Battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers in the Great War, by Captain C. Ellis, both works containing mentions of Lieutenant Price.