A Fine Collection of Medals to the South Wales Borderers
Date of Auction: 17th September 2020
Sold for £600
Estimate: £400 - £500
Three: Private C. E. Goldstone, 1st Battalion, South Wales Borderers, who was killed in action near Chivy, 14 September 1914 - being amongst the Battalion’s first casualties of the Great War
1914 Star, with clasp (10661 Pte C. E. Goldstone. S. Wales Bord.) traces of verdigris; British War and Victory Medals (10661 Pte. C. E. Goldstone. S. Wales Bord.) good very fine
Three: Private W. T. Goldstone, 2nd Battalion, South Wales Borderers, late 1st Battalion, who was killed in action during an attack at Gully Ravine, Gallipoli, 28 June 1915
1914 Star, with clasp (8812 Pte W. T. Goldstone. S. Wales Bord.); British War and Victory Medals (8812 Pte. W. T. Goldstone. S. Wales Bord.) nearly extremely fine (6) £400-£500
FootnoteCharles Edward Goldstone was born in Bromley, Kent. He served during the Great War with the 1st Battalion, South Wales Borderers in the French theatre of war from 13 August 1914. Having been involved in the Retreat from Mons, and operations around the Marne, Goldstone was killed in action, 14 September 1914. During September the Battalion, ‘crossed the Grand Morin at Jouy (8th) then via Sablonnieres to Hondevillers. Crossed the Marne at Nogent (9th) then via Beaurepaire and Bontemps to Le Thiolet. To Sommelans (10th), bivouacs near Bourg (13th). Advanced west of Vendresse towards Chivy (14th) and took up positions along the Chivy-Beauln road. Came under heavy shell fire. Advanced again towards the slopes of the Chemin des Dames Ridge. Held positions north-west of Troyon against attacks (15th). Casualties - Captain Yeatman killed, Lieutenant Johnson mortally wounded, 18 other ranks killed, 1 officer, 76 other ranks wounded, 54 missing.’ (British Battalions in France & Belgium 1914 by R. Westlake refers)
The 1st Battalion suffered its first casualties of the Great War near Chivy, with Goldstone being amongst the 18 other ranks killed (he is recorded as possibly being their second casualty of the Great War).
Private Goldstone is commemorated on La Ferte-Sous-Jouarre Memorial, Seine-et-Marne, France.
William Thomas Goldstone was born in Bromley, Kent and was the elder brother of the above. He initially served with his brother during the Great War with the 1st Battalion, South Wales Borderers in the French theatre of war from 13 August 1914. Goldstone subsequently transferred to the 2nd Battalion, and was killed in action whilst serving with them in Gallipoli, 28 June 1915. On the latter date the Battalion carried out a successful attack from its’ positions around Gully Ravine, suffering 2 officers killed and 4 wounded, and 160 other rank casualties.
Private Goldstone is buried in Twelve Tree Copse, Turkey.