A Collection of Medals to Great War Casualties

Date of Auction: 14th April 2021

Sold for £460

Estimate: £200 - £240

Three: Second Lieutenant J. Kilby, Gloucestershire Regiment, attached 7th Mortar Battery, who was one of the original members of the 12th (Bristol’s Own) Battalion, and died of wounds on the Western Front on 21 August 1916

1914-15 Star (2. Lieut. J. Kilby Glouc. R.); British War and Victory Medals (2. Lieut. J. Kilby); Memorial Plaque (John Kilby) in card envelope, with Buckingham Palace enclosure; together with the recipient’s identity bracelet ‘2d. Lieut. J. Kilby C. of F. 10th. Glosters attd 3rd. Worcesters’, extremely fine (4) £200-£240


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

John Kilby was born in Southville, Bristol, in 1888 and attested for the 12th (Bristol’s Own) Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment at Bristol on 14 September 1914, as one of the Battalion’s original members. He was commissioned Second Lieutenant in the 10th Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment on 17 June 1915, and served with them during the Great War on the Western Front. He died of wounds on 21 August 1916, whilst attached to the 7th Mortar Battery, and is buried in Forceville Cemetery, France.

Sold together with the recipient’s Commission Document and War Office enclosure; named Record Office enclosure; Buckingham Palace telegram regarding the recipient’s death; a copy of ‘City and County of Bristol Roll of Honour’; a fine portrait photograph of the recipient; a ‘New Bristol Battalion, Gloucestershire Regt.’ badge; the recipient’s whisky flask; and copied research.