A Collection of Medals to the South Wales Borderers
Date of Auction: 27th February 2019
Sold for £460
Estimate: £300 - £400
Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, no clasp (4314 Pte. A. Causon. Gloucester: Regt.); 1914-15 Star (15305 Pte. A. E. Causon. S. Wales Bord:); British War and Victory Medals (15305 Pte. A. E. Causon. S. Wales Bord.); Memorial Plaque (Albert Edward Canson [sic]) good very fine (5) £300-£400
FootnoteAlbert Edward Causon, a native of Minchinhampton near Stroud, was born in 1882 in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire. He served on St. Helena with the 4th Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment during the Boer War, arriving on the island on 21 April 1900. An article in the Stroud News and Journal published at the time of his death states that he served 22 months garrison duty in St. Helena guarding Boer prisoners and afterwards served six years in the Gloucestershire Regiment.
At the outbreak of the Great War, Causon was living in South Wales and working as a miner at New Tredegar Colliery. He enlisted with the South Wales Borderers on 18 December 1914 and volunteered immediately for the front, serving in France by 11 January 1914. In one of his letters home, as a reminder that he was doing his duty, he enclosed a piece of ragged shrapnel shell which had burst against the sandbags of the parapet of his trench.
Causon was part of D Company, 1st Battalion (Special Reserve) South Wales Borderers and was killed in action during the Battle of Aubers Ridge when as part of the 1st and Meerut Divisions they attacked on a two thousand yard frontage from Chocolat Menier Corner (N.E. of Festubert) to the Port Arthur cross-roads (South of Neuve Chapelle).
Causon has no known grave and is commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial and the Minchinhampton War Memorial.