Medals from the Collection of the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum

Date of Auction: 14th April 2021

Sold for £1,600

Estimate: £500 - £600

Six: Regimental Sergeant-Major Arthur Curtis, 1st Garrison Battalion, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, late Devonshire Regiment

India General Service 1895-1902, 2 clasps, Punjab Frontier 1897-98, Tirah 1897-98 (4251 Lce. Corpl. A. Curtis, 1st Bn. Devon: Regt.); Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, 3 clasps, Elandslaagte, Defence of Ladysmith, Belfast (4251 Cpl. A. Curtis, Devon: Regt.); King’s South Africa 1901-02, 2 clasps, South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902 (4251 Serjt: A. Curtis. Devon: Regt.); British War Medal 1914-20 (21712 W.O. Cl. 1. A. Curtis. Oxf. & Bucks. L.I.); Army L.S. & G.C., G.V.R., 1st issue (4251 C. Sjt: A. Curtis. Devon: Regt.); Army Meritorious Service Medal, G.V.R., 1st issue (21712 R.S. Mjr. A. Curtis. 1/G. Oxf. & Bucks. L.I.) edge bruising and contact marks, otherwise nearly very fine or better (6) £500-£600


M.S.M. London Gazette 3 September 1920: ‘In recognition of valuable services rendered in India in connection with the War. Dated 3rd June, 1919.’

M.I.D. Lord Roberts, 4 September 1901.

Arthur Curtis was a native of Plymouth. In 1914 he tried to rejoin the Devon Regiment but was rejected on grounds of age. Eventually he served in India as Regimental Sergeant-Major of the 1st Garrison Battalion, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, which was formed in February 1916. Sold with a cabinet photograph of Curtis in the uniform of the Devons, and copied Medal Index Card which confirms entitlement to British War Medal only.