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Single Campaign Medals 471


British War Medal 1914-20 (N. Sister G. F. Fox. Q.A.R.N.N.S.) officially re-impressed naming; Victory Medal 1914-19 (2. Lieut. G. B. Cox); Coronation 1953, unnamed as issued, on lady’s bow riband, extremely fine (3)


£60-£80


Gertrude Fanny Fox was born at Chorlton, Lancashire in 1882 and qualified at the London Hospital in 1913. She joined Royal Naval Hospital Haslar on 4 August 1914, and in May 1915 she was appointed to the Royal Naval Hospital Malta. In December 1916 after passage on H.M. Hospital Ship Rewa she rejoined Haslar, serving there until she resigned on 14 March 1919.


George Bernard Cox was born at Handsworth Staffordshire, on 31 July 1886. He was commissioned to the East Yorkshire Regiment from the Artists Rifles O.T.C., to be Second Lieutenant on 5 September 1916, and transferred to the Royal Anglesey Royal Engineers on 17 November 1917, and served with them during the Great War on the Western Front from April 1918. Promoted Lieutenant on 17 May 1919 he relinquished his commission on 1 April 1920. He was granted an Emergency Commission in the Second World War, and by 1945 held the Acting rank of Major in the Royal Engineers. He was an architect by profession, and co-founder of the firm of Harrison and Cox. He died at Minehead, Somerset in October 1978.


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The British War Medal awarded to Private J. Duckworth, Lancashire Fusiliers, who was killed in action on the Western Front on 26 August 1914


British War Medal 1914-20 (9846 Pte. J. Duckworth. Lan. Fus.); Memorial Scroll, ‘Pte. James Duckworth, Lancashire Fusiliers’, with Buckingham Palace enclosure, good very fine (2)


£120-£160


James Duckworth was born in Wigan, Lancashire, and attested for the Lancashire Fusiliers at Bury, Lancashire. He served with the 2nd Battalion during the Great War on the Western Front from 22 August 1914, and was killed in action four days later, on 26 August 1914. He has no known grave and is commemorated on La Ferte-sous-Jouarre Memorial, France.


Sold with named Record Office enclosure for the clasp to the 1914 Star; Imperial War Graves Commission Scroll; and copied research. 473


British War Medal 1914-20 (8) (P-4538 L. Cpl. J. Wilson. M.F.P.; P-9048 L. Cpl. W. A. Cox. M.F.P.; P-7875 L. Cpl. D. G. B. Hunter. M.M.P.; P-2399 L. Cpl. W. C. Smith. M.F.P.; 1102 T. Sjt. J. J. Green. M.F.P.; 1282 A. Cpl. E. J. Wood. M. F.P.; 4331 L. Cpl. J. Hemmings. M.M.P.; P-8404 L. Cpl. G. W. Greenway. M.M.P.) last with attempt to obliterate part of surname, otherwise generally very fine or better (8)


£50-£70 474 475 476 British War Medal 1914-20, bronze issue (617 E. Zammit. Maltese L.C.) nearly very fine British War Medal 1914-20, bronze issue (No. 65836. Chinese L.C.) nearly very fine Victory Medal 1914-19 (16-1145 Pte. D. Metcalfe. North’d Fus.) good very fine £80-£120 £70-£90 £160-£200


David Metcalfe was born in Tindelfell, Cumberland, and attested for the Northumberland Fusiliers at Newcastle-upon-Tyne. He served with the 16th (Newcastle) Battalion during the Great War on the Western Front from 22 November 1915, and was killed in action on 1 June 1916, on the first day of the Battle of the Somme. On this date the Battalion was involved in an attack at Thiepval: according to the Official History of the Great War a football was followed into battle at zero hour. Within moments the leading waves were hit by machine gun fire, with the survivors forced to lay down and await any chance of returning to their lines. One report noted that the Battalion had advanced in perfect formation, the dead being later found in straight lines as if ‘dressed’ for parade. Relieved the following day, the Battalion suffered a total of 378 casualties.


Metcalfe was among those killed, and he is buried in Lonsdale Cemetery, Authuile, France. 477 Victory Medal 1914-19 (23695 Pte. W. Heslop. Durh. L.I.) good very fine £160-£200


William Heslop was born in Felling, Co. Durham, and attested for the Durham Light Infantry at Newcastle-upon-Tyne. He served with the 15th Battalion during the Great War on the Western Front from 11 September 1915, and was killed in action on 1 June 1916, on the first day of the Battle of the Somme. On this date the Battalion was involved in an attack at Buire: crossing 200 yards of No Man’s Land into the German first line, the Battalion moved forward into the sunken Fricourt-Contalmaison Road. Crucifix Trench was taken by 8:30 a.m., and attacks on shelter Wood continued during the afternoon. Relieved the following day, the Battalion suffered a total of 388 casualties.


Heslop was among those killed; he has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France. 478


The Naval General Service Medal awarded to Able Seaman W. G. English, Royal Navy, who was Mentioned in Despatches during the Second World War for Operation Pedestal, the Malta Convoy


Naval General Service 1915-62, 1 clasp, Palestine 1936-1939 (SSX.21747 W. G. English. A.B. R.N.) good very fine £200-£240 M.I.D. London Gazette 10 November 1942:


‘For bravery and dauntless resolution while serving in H.M. Ships ... Nelson... when an important Convoy was fought through to Malta in the face of relentless attacks by day and night from enemy submarines, aircraft, and surface forces.’


479


Naval General Service 1915-62, 1 clasp, Minesweeping 1945-51 (C/JX. 747124 S. J. Nicholson A/A.B. R.N.) light contact marks, otherwise better than very fine


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