A Collection of Medals to Great War Casualties

Date of Auction: 14th April 2021

Sold for £190

Estimate: £100 - £140

Pair: Private T. G. Harrison, Hampshire Regiment, who was killed in action on the Western Front on 21 October 1918

British War and Victory Medals (28649 Pte. T. G. Harrison. Hamps. R.); Memorial Plaque (Thomas Greville Harrison) in card envelope, good very fine (3) £100-£140


Thomas Greville Harrison was born near Birmingham in 1899, and resided in Sutton Coldfield, where his father was the sometime Mayor. He attested there for the Royal Warwickshire Regiment at Birmingham, before transferring to the Hampshire Regiment, and served with the 1st Battalion during the Great War on the Western Front. ‘Going to France on Easter Monday 1918, he was in hospital at the end of April with shell shock and concussion. After recovering he rejoined his regiment about two months ago and was killed in action on 21 October 1918. His Commanding Officer writes that “he was a gallant soldier and a true son of Britain”.’ (newspaper cutting refers).

Harrison is buried in St. Vaast Communal Cemetery Extension, France. He is also commemorated on the Sutton Coldfield War Memorial, which was unveiled during his father’s term as Mayor.

Sold with copied research.