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Campaign Groups and Pairs 244 Family Group:


Three: Lieutenant C. H. R. Thomas, South Lancashire Regiment, who was killed in action near Ypres on 16 June 1915 1914-15 Star (2. Lieut. C. H. R. Thomas. S. Lan. R.); British War and Victory Medals (Lieut. C. H. R. Thomas.) mounted as worn by the recipient’s mother, light contact marks, very fine


Pair: Second Lieutenant J. B. R. Thomas, Manchester Regiment, who was killed in action near Monchy on 19 April 1918 British War and Victory Medals (2. Lieut. J. B. R. Thomas.) mounted as worn by the recipient’s mother, light contact marks, very fine (5)


£140-£180


Charles Humphrey Rittson Thomas was born in Penarth, Cardiff, on 16 October 1893, the son of George and Henrietta Thomas, and was commissioned Second Lieutenant in the South Lancashire Regiment. He served with the 2nd Battalion during the Great War on the Western Front and was killed in action near Ypres on 16 June 1915- a letter written to his mother by a fellow officer states: ‘On the night of 16-17 June the whole Battalion went out digging. There had been an attack by the English early the same morning, and the enemy’s guns were still very busy even in the evening. Our road was blocked in front owing to the moving of a lot of wounded, and while we were held up on a little path alongside a hedge we had several shrapnel shells over us. To add to the horrors of the situation they had put some gas shells over too, and we were obliged to put on our gas helmets. While Humphrey was standing with his helmet on in the rear of our Company talking to the Captain of the Company behind, a shell came over and a piece of it caught him in the head. He was rendered unconscious, and it was evident from the first that he had no chance of recovery. Taken back on a stretcher to the dressing-station, he died there about an hour after he had been admitted, having never regained consciousness.’ He is buried in Ypres Town Cemetery Extension, Belgium.


John Baron Rittson Thomas, brother of the above, was born in Penarth, Cardiff, on 12 January 1898, the son of George and Henrietta Thomas, and was commissioned Second Lieutenant in the Manchester Regiment. He served with the 4th Battalion during the Great War on the Western Front, and was killed in action near Monchy on 19 April 1918, whilst attached to the 2nd Battalion He is buried in Quesnoy Farm Militay Cemetery, France.


A memorial window to both brothers is located in St. Augustine’s Church, Penarth. Sold with copied research.


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Three: Company Sergeant-Major W. Hughes, Welsh Regiment, who was killed in action in France on 25 September 1915


1914-15 Star (15314 C.S. Mjr. W. Hughes. Welsh R.); British War and Victory Medals (15314 W.O. Cl. 2. W. Hughes. Welsh R.) good very fine (3)


£60-£80


William Hughes was born at Colwall, Herefordshire, and enlisted at Cardiff (Pembroke Dock). He was killed in action in France on 25 September 1915, aged 46, and is buried in Brown’s Road Military Cemetery, Festubert. Sold with a photograph of his headstone.


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Four: Private John F. Hodder, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, afterwards a Special Constable with Winchester Police who died of injuries received in an air raid on 9 February 1943


1914-15 Star (1804 Pte. J. F. Hodder. Oxf: & Bucks: L.I.); British War and Victory Medals (1804 J. F. Hodder. Oxf. & Bucks. L.I.); Special Constabulary Long Service Medal, G.V.R., 1st issue, 1 clasp, Long Service 1940 (John F. Hodder) together with companion set of mounted miniature medals, and silver cigarette case, the lid engraved with L.I. bugle and ‘F.J.H. 10th May 1917’, very fine (6)


£100-£140


John Francis Hodder served with the 1/4th Battalion, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry in France from 29 March 1915. He became a Constable with the Winchester Special Police in 1921 and was injured during an air raid on a southern town on the night of 9 February 1943. He died of his injuries at the Canadian Neurological Hospital, Winslade, Hampshire, on 12 February 1943. Sold with three O.B.L.I. badges and some copied research.


x247 Five: Private J. Scott, Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, later Highland Light Infantry


1914-15 Star (1326 Pte. J. Scott, A. & S.H.); British War and Victory Medals (1326 Pte. J. Scott, A. & S. Highrs.); Coronation 1937 (314632 Pte. J. H. Scott, H.L.I.); Army L.S. & G.C., G.V.R., 3rd issue, Regular Army (314632 Pte. J. H. Scot, H.L.I.) some edge bruising, fine and better (5)


£120-£160


John Scott was born in Maryhill, Lanarkshire and lived at Rutherford Land, Milngarvie. Employed as a carter, he enlisted into the 9th Battalion Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders T.A. on 5 April 1910, aged 17 years. With the outbreak of war he was mobilised and joined his battalion on 5 August 1914. The battalion was posted to France on 19 February 1915 and he served until he was wounded in the right arm on 8 May 1915 and was invalided to England. Recovering from his wound, he returned to his battalion in France on 18 November 1915. On 17 May 1916 he was discharged on the termination of his engagement with the Territorial Army. He later enlisted into the Corps of Lancers and served with the Highland Light Infantry. Sold with copied discharge papers.


248 Four: Warrant Officer Class 2 W. Foster, Royal West Kent Regiment, later Military Foot Police


1914-15 Star (S-198. L-Cpl. W. Foster. R.W. Kent. R.); British War and Victory Medals (S-198. T.W.O. Cl. 2. W. Foster R.W. Kent. R.); General Service 1918-62, 1 clasp, Iraq (P-17752 T-W.O. Cl. II. W. Foster. M.F.P.) generally very fine or better (4)


£100-£140 W. Foster served during the Great War with the Royal West Kent Regiment in the French theatre of war from 26 July 1915. 249 Three: Captain J. Lyons, Royal Army Medical Corps 1914-15 Star (Lieut. J. Lyons. R.A.M.C.); British War and Victory Medals (Capt. J. Lyons.) nearly extremely fine


Pair: Major W. P. Ker, Royal Army Medical Corps British War and Victory Medals (Major W. P. Ker.) good very fine


Pair: Captain J. G. Forbes, Royal Army Medical Corps British War and Victory Medals (Capt. J. G. Forbes.) good very fine (7)


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James Lyons was commissioned into the Royal Army Medical Corps and served with them during the Great War on the Western Front from 4 October 1915.


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