A Collection of Medals to Great War Casualties
Date of Auction: 14th April 2021
Sold for £240
Estimate: £120 - £160
British War and Victory Medals (28707 Pte. W. Evans G. Gds.) both in named card boxes of issue; Memorial Plaque (William Evans) in card envelope, extremely fine (3) £120-£160
FootnoteWilliam Evans was born in Chew Stoke, Somerset, on 3 July 1889 and attested for the Grenadier Guards at Southwark, London on 7 February 1916. He served with the 4th Battalion during the Great War on the Western Front, and was killed in action at Gonnelieu, near Cambrai, on 1 December 1917, on which date the battalion suffered over 200 casualties, and Captain G. H. T. Paton, of the 2nd Company, was awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross for his gallantry in rescuing the wounded under a withering fire. Evans has no known grave and is commemorated on the Cambrai Memorial, France.
Sold with two postcard photographs of the recipient; a group postcard photograph; and other ephemera and copied research.