Medals from the Collection of the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum

Date of Auction: 14th April 2021

Sold for £320

Estimate: £300 - £400

A Great War ‘Western Front - attack on Ronssoy 1917’ M.M. awarded to Lance-Corporal Bernard Batts, 1/4th Battalion, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry

Military Medal, G.V.R. (200793 L. Cpl. B. Batts. 1/4 O. & B. L.I.-T.F.) nearly extremely fine £300-£400


M.M. London Gazette 25 May 1917. The recommendation states:

‘On 5.4.1917 during the attack on Ronssoy he displayed great initiative, coolness and courage and when he became detached from his platoon he led his section through the village, driving the enemy before him until he reached the final objective some 500 yards beyond.’

Bernard Batts enlisted on 14 September 1914, aged 30, and served in France from 29 March 1915. He was discharged from wounds on 26 November 1917 and was awarded Silver War Badge No. 291799. Sold with copied pages from the battalion history, Medal Index Card and War Badge roll.