A Collection of Great War Military Medals to the Lincolnshire Regiment

Date of Auction: 25th September 2019

Sold for £280

Estimate: £160 - £200

A Great War 1918 M.M. awarded to Private S. E. McIver, 6th (Service) Battalion, late 1st Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment, a very late casualty of the Great War who died when the steam trawler, Imperial Queen, is believed to have struck a mine in the North Sea in July 1920

Military Medal G.V.R. (7788 Pte S. E. McIver. 6/Linc: R.) contact marks and heavy edge bruising with scratches to rim, nearly very fine £160-£200


M.M. London Gazette 23 July 1919.

Sidney Ernest McIver was born in Norwich in 1891 and, prior to the Great War, he resided in Grimsby, employed as a seagoing fisherman. In the Great War he served with the 1st Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment on the Western Front from 12 November 1914. He later transferred to the 6th (Service) Battalion and was awarded the Military Medal. The edition of the London Gazette which carries his M.M. announcement contains awards for October and November 1918.

After the war he was employed as Third Hand on the Steam Trawler ‘Imperial Queen’ which departed Grismby on 22 July 1920 and was last reported as seen on 30 July 1920. She is believed to have struck a mine in the North Sea and sunk with the loss of all 11 crew members. The CWGC give his date of death as 28 July 1920 and his name is on the Tower Hill Memorial which commemorates the men of the Merchant Navy and Fishing Fleets who died at sea during the two world wars and have no known grave.