Medals from the Collection of the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum

Date of Auction: 14th April 2021

Sold for £750

Estimate: £600 - £800

A Great War ‘Pozieres 1916’ M.M. group of four awarded to Private L. W. H. Hawkins, 1/4th Battalion, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, later Second Lieutenant, Lincolnshire Regiment

Military Medal, G.V.R. (3057 Pte. L. W. Hawkins. 1/4 O. & B.L.I.); 1914-15 Star (3057 L. Cpl. L. W. Hawkins, Oxf. & Bucks. L.I.); British War and Victory Medals (2. Lieut. L. W. H. Hawkins.) very fine (4) £600-£800

Footnote

M.M. London Gazette 21 October 1916. Awarded for the Somme, the recommendation states: ‘During the night attack S. W. of Pozieres on 23/7/1916 and during the morning following he constantly carried messages up to and from the front line across the open and under heavy shrapnel fire.’

Leonard Wells Herbert Hawkins served in France with the 1/4th Battalion, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, from 29 March 1915. He was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant into the Lincolnshire Regiment on 29 August 1917.