A Small Collection of Great War Medals to the Royal Sussex Regiment
Date of Auction: 8th May 2019
Sold for £80
Estimate: £70 - £90
1914-15 Star (G-5801 Pte. A. Coffey. R. Suss: R.); British War and Victory Medals (G-5801 Pte. A. Coffey. R. Suss. R.) nearly extremely fine
Pair: Private A. E. Ketteridge, 9th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment, who was wounded during the Battalion’s last action of the Great War on 4 November 1918
British War and Victory Medals (G-19887 Pte. A. E. Ketteridge. R. Suss. R.) good very fine (5) £70-£90
FootnoteAlfred Coffey attested for the Royal Sussex Regiment and served with the 9th Battalion during the Great War on the Western Front from 31 August 1915. Following the cessation of hostilities he was discharged to Class ‘Z’ Reserve on 9 March 1919.
Albert Edward Ketteridge attested for the Royal Sussex Regiment on 27 February 1917 and served with the 9th Battalion during the Great War on the Western Front from 18 April 1918. On 4 November 1918, the Battalion attacked the German positions occupying the high ground north of Wargnies le Petit, in order to secure the crossing of the Rhonelle river, and encountered heavy and accurate machine gun fire, sustaining 136 casualties Ketteridge was amongst the casualties, receiving a gun shot wound to his left foot. Evacuated to the U.K., he arrived home on Armistice Day, and was discharged as unfit for military service on 26 February 1919.
The attack on the 4 November was the Battalion’s last action of the Great War.