A Collection of Medals to Great War Casualties

Date of Auction: 14th April 2021

Sold for £340

Estimate: £140 - £180

Pair: Lieutenant S. Hampshire, East Lancashire Regiment, who was killed in action on the Western Front at Passchendaele during the Third Battle of Ypres on 9 October 1917, on which date his Battalion suffered over 300 casualties

British War and Victory Medals (Lieut. S. Hampshire) both in named card boxes of issue; Memorial Plaque (Stanley Hampshire) in card envelope; Memorial Scroll, ‘Lieut. Stanley Hampshire, East Lancashire Regiment’, rank partially officially corrected on both medals, nearly extremely fine (4) £140-£180

Footnote

Stanley Hampshire was born in Castleford, Yorkshire, on 2 June 1889 and attested for the 28th Battalion (Artists’ Rifles), London Regiment on 5 July 1915. He was commissioned Second Lieutenant in the East Lancashire Regiment on 22 December 1915, and served with the 2nd/4th Battalion during the Great War on the Western Front from 1916. He was killed in action at Passchendaele during the Third Battle of Ypres on 9 October 1917, on which date the Battalion suffered total casualties of 329, and is buried in Tyne Cot Cemetery, Belgium.

Sold with the recipient’s original commission document; and copied research.

Note: The recipient’s Medal Index Card shows that his British War and Victory Medals were initially issued with the rank of Second Lieutenant. There were returned, and re-issued with the rank of Lieutenant in November 1922, hence the correction to the medals.