A Collection of Medals to Great War Casualties

Date of Auction: 14th April 2021

Sold for £240

Estimate: £120 - £160

Pair: Private W. Evans, Grenadier Guards, who was killed in action on the Western Front at Cambrai on 1 December 1917, on which date Captain G. H. T. Paton, of the same Battalion, was awarded the Victoria Cross

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


William 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.