A Collection of Medals to the South Wales Borderers

Date of Auction: 27th February 2019

Sold for £300

Estimate: £200 - £240

Eight: Sergeant A. W. V. Hardwidge, South Wales Borderers, late Royal Army Veterinary Corps, who was reported missing when attached to the Auxiliary Military Pioneer Corps on 1 June 1940

1914 Star (438 Cpl. V. Hardwidge. A.V.C.); British War and Victory Medals (R-438 Sjt. V. Hardwidge. A.V.C.); 1939-45 Star; Defence and War Medals 1939-45; Army L.S. & G.C., G.V.R., 3rd issue, Regular Army (…..099 Sjt. A. W.V. Hardwidge S. Wales Bord.); Meritorious Service Medal, G.VI.R., 3rd issue (7759099. Sjt. A. W.V. Hardwidge. S. Wales. Bord), the trio and L.S. & G.C. medal polished and pitted therefore good fine, otherwise extremely fine (8) £200-£240


Vincent Hardwidge was born on 27 April 1893 in Shepton Beauchamp, Somerset, the son of Edwin Hardwidge, a Police Constable, and his wife, Mary. In 1911, at the age of 18, Vincent Hardwidge listed his occupation as Shoeing-Smith (Cold Shoes) while serving as a Private in the 1st Battalion, Devon Regiment.

Hardwidge served during the Great War in the Army Veterinary Corps on the Western Front from 15 August 1914 and achieved the rank of Sergeant. In 1933 he was awarded the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal.

In the Second World War he served with the South Wales Borderers as part of the British Expeditionary Force in France where he was reported as missing in action on 1 June 1940 while attached to the Auxiliary Military Pioneer Corps, being later reported in August 1940 as ‘now not missing’. He was subsequently awarded the Meritorious Service Medal. He died in Solihull in 1980.