A Collection of Medals to Great War Casualties

Date of Auction: 14th April 2021

Sold for £800

Estimate: £400 - £500

A Great War ‘Western Front’ M.M. group of four awarded to Sergeant A. Davies, Lancashire Fusiliers, who was killed in action on the Western Front on 29 September 1916

Military Medal, G.V.R. (9704 L. Cpl. A. Davies. 11/Lanc: Fus:); 1914-15 Star (9704 Pte. A. Davies. Lan. Fus.); British War and Victory Medals (9704 Sjt. A. Davies. Lan. Fus.) with lids of two named card boxes of issue; Memorial Plaque (Arthur Davies) in card envelope, extremely fine (5) £400-£500

Footnote

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

M.M. London Gazette 10 August 1916.

Arthur Davies was born in Brampton Abbotts, Herefordshire, and attested for the Lancashire Fusiliers at Hereford. He served with the 11th Battalion during the Great War on the Western Front from 25 September 1915, and was awarded the Military Medal for his gallantry during the capture of the ‘Crosbie Craters’ at Souchez, Vimy Ridge, on 15 May 1916 (Regimental History confirms.)

Advanced Sergeant, Davies was killed in action on the Somme during a minor operation near Thiepval on 29 September 1916. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France.