Medals from the Collection of the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum

Date of Auction: 14th April 2021

Sold for £1,100

Estimate: £300 - £400

A Great War ‘Western Front’ M.M. group of five awarded to Sergeant William Lake, 5th Battalion, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry

Military Medal, G.V.R. (10440 Sjt: W. Lake. 5/O. & B.L.I.); 1914-15 Star (10440 Cpl. W. Lake. Oxf: & Bucks: L.I.); British War and Victory Medals (10440 Sjt. W. Lake. Oxf. & Bucks. L.I.); Belgium, Croix de Guerre, nearly extremely fine (5) £300-£400


M.M. London Gazette 28 January 1918.

Belgian Croix de Guerre London Gazette 12 July 1918.

William Lake came from Woodford Halse, Northampton, about 10 miles north of Banbury. He served in France from 20 May 1915 and received his Croix de Guerre on 6 February 1918 (Divisional Order of same date refers) and is one of only 9 issued to the Regiment in WWI.