A Collection of Medals to Great War Casualties

Date of Auction: 14th April 2021

Sold for £400

Estimate: £200 - £240

Family Group:

Three: Lance-Corporal A. Reid, King’s Own Scottish Borderers, who was killed in action in Gallipoli on 12 July 1915, on which date his Battalion suffered over 550 casualties
1914-15 Star (6675 Pte. A. Reid. K.O. Sco: Bord:); British War and Victory Medals (6675 Pte. A. Reid. K.O. Sco. Bord.); Memorial Plaque (Archibald Reid) in slightly damaged card envelope, extremely fine

Pair: Private D. Reid, Cameronians (Scottish Rifles), who was killed in action on the Western Front on 25 March 1918
British War and Victory Medals (41915 Pte. D. Reid. Sco. Rif.); Memorial Plaque (Donald Reid) in card envelope, nearly extremely fine (7) £200-£240

Footnote

Provenance: Acquired by the vendor directly from the recipient’s family.

Archibald Reid was born in Selkirk in 1895 and attested there for the King’s Own Scottish Borderers on 7 August 1914. He served with the 1st/4th Battalion during the Great War in the Gallipoli theatre of War from 4 June 1915, and was killed in action during the Battalion’s disastrous attack on the Turkish trenches on 12 July 1915, on which date the Battalion suffered total casualties of 553. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Turkey.

Sold with two British Red Cross and Order of St. John letters regarding the circumstances of the recipient's’ death, which is confirmed by the official account in the Regimental History; and copied research.

Donald Reid, the brother of the above, was born in Landward, Selkirkshire, and attested for the King’s Own Scottish Borderers at Galashield. Transferring to the Cameronians (Scottish Rifles), he served with the 2nd Battalion during the Great War on the Western Front, and was killed in action on 25 March 1918. He has no known grave, and is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial, France.

Sold with copied research.