Medals from the Collection of the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum

Date of Auction: 14th April 2021

Sold for £1,300

Estimate: £700 - £900

A Great War ‘Western Front’ M.C. group of four awarded to Captain P. A. Bobby, 2nd Battalion, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, late Royal Horse Guards

Military Cross, G.V.R.; 1914-15 Star (1853 L. Cpl. P. A. Bobby. R.H. Gds.); British War and Victory Medals (Capt. P. A. Bobby.) good very fine (4) £700-£900


M.C. London Gazette 26 July 1918:

‘For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during recent operations. By his courage and good leading he extricated his company from a very difficult situation, and kept them together and intact. On another day he assisted an officer to re-establish the line on our front which had been broken, and made a most valuable reconnaissance, which materially helped in dealing with the situation.’

Percy Augustus Bobby served with the Royal Horse Guards in France from 8 April 1915. He was commissioned into the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry as Second Lieutenant on 3 October 1915, becoming Lieutenant on 21 December 1916, and acting Captain on 1 November 1917. He served with the 3rd Battalion and later with the 2nd Battalion, with whom he won the M.C. He was demobilised on 20 January 1919.