A Collection of Medals to Great War Casualties

Date of Auction: 14th April 2021

Sold for £160

Estimate: £80 - £120

Pair: Private W. H. Davis, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment, who was killed in action on the Western Front on 13 October 1918

British War and Victory Medals (107673 Pte. W. H. Davis. Notts. & Derby. R.) in named card box of issue, in outer OHMS transmission envelope, addressed to ‘Mrs. S. Pugh, 96 Wills St., Smethwick, Staffs.’; Memorial Plaque (William Henry Davis) in card envelope, in outer OHMS transmission envelope similarly addressed, extremely fine (3) £80-£120


William Henry Davis was born in Smethwick, Staffordshire, in 1899, and originally attested for the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry, being discharged after 21 days’ service on account of being under age. He re-enlisted on the Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment) on 17 October 1917, with his previous 21 days’ service being restored to him, and served with the 10th Battalion during the Great War on the Western Front from 9 April 1918. He was killed in action on 13 October 1918, and is buried in Neuvilly Communal Cemetery Extension, France.

Davis’ medals and plaque were sent to his mother, the former Mrs. E. Davis, who, having been widowed, had subsequently remarried and was now Mrs. S. Pugh.

Sold with named Record Office enclosure and copied research.