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Campaign Groups and Pairs x279 Pair: Sergeant-Drummer R. J. Ford, Suffolk Regiment, later London Regiment


British War Medal 1914-20 (879061 Sjt. R. J. Ford. 33-Lond. R.); Army L.S. & G.C., E.VII.R. (1827 Sjt: Dmr: R. J. Ford. Suffolk Regt.) edge bruise to latter, very fine or better (2)


£120-£140


Richard James Ford was born in 1869 in Belfast and attested for the Suffolk Regiment at Bury St. Edmunds on 24 September 1886, having previously served in the 3rd (Militia) Battalion. Advanced to Sergeant Drummer on 16 April 1891, he was awarded his Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, together with a Gratuity of £5 per Army Order 2 of January 1907, and was discharged on 22 January 1913, after 26 years and 121 days’ service.


On the outbreak of the Great War he was embodied into the Yorkshire Regiment on 17 August 1914, before being posted to the 18th Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment, on 23 February 1915. He transferred to the 33rd (City of London) Battalion, London Regiment on 1 July 1918, and briefly saw active service with them overseas on the Western Front from 3 July 1918 (also entitled to a Victory Medal), having previously served in home service. He was discharged on 21 March 1919, after a further 4 years and 217 days’ service, and retired to Colchester.


280 Pair: Lance-Corporal H. C. Agar, Yorkshire Regiment


British War and Victory Medals (1686 Pte. H. C. Agar. York R.); Memorial Plaque (Harry Clifford Agar) all mounted in a contemporary glazed oak display frame, extremely fine (3)


£180-£220


Harry Clifford Agar was born at Lockington, Beverley, Yorkshire, and was living at Kirbygrindalythe when he enlisted at Driffield for the 2nd Battalion, Yorkshire Regiment. Wounded in 1917, he subsequently spent 10 weeks in Birmingham Hospital suffering from dysentery. Returning to his battalion in France, he was taken prisoner on 8 May 1918, and died as a prisoner of war in Germany on 17 November 1918. He is buried in Cologne Southern Cemetery.


281 Pair: Private W. J. Burns, Royal Welsh Fusiliers British War and Victory Medals (20266 Pte: W. J. Burns. R.W. Fus.) mounted for wear, generally very fine or better


Pair: Lance Corporal A. A. Cole, Military Mounted Police British War and Victory Medals (P-8110 L. Cpl. A. A. Cole. M.M.P.) generally very fine or better


Pair: Corporal W. S. Baldray, Military Foot Police British War and Victory Medals (P-1263 A. Cpl. W. S. Baldray. M.F.P.) generally nearly very fine or better


Pair: Lance Corporal A. E. Ladkin, Military Foot Police British War and Victory Medals (P-6556 L. Cpl. A. E. Ladkin. M.F.P.) very fine (8)


282 £80-£120 Pair: Captain M. Warren, Worcestershire Regiment, who was killed in action on the Western Front on 25 March 1918


British War and Victory Medals (Capt. M. Warren.); Memorial Plaque (Martin Warren) light traces of verdigris to Plaque, otherwise nearly extremely fine (3)


£140-£180


Martin Warren was born in Worcester on 7 May 1897 and was educated at the King’s School, Worcester. Commissioned Second Lieutenant in the Worcestershire Regiment, he served with the 1st Battalion during the Great War on the Western Front from 18 November 1915, was advanced Captain, and was killed in action during the heavy fighting for the village of Pargny, which saw the British forces withdraw from the village following a successful counter-offensive by the enemy, on 25 March 1918.


A letter written by the Chaplain his Battalion states: ‘Martin was killed on the retreat from the Somme Canal. He was constantly doing exceedingly good work, having first to protect the retirement of another Division and then counter-attack... His death is greatly lamented. He was the life and soul of our mess... His courage and keenness were a great example and encouragement to others... He was the truest type of Englishman that one can ever wish to meet.’


Warren has no known grave and is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial, France. 283


Three: Sergeant R. J. Davies, Border Regiment and Mercantile Marine British War Medal 1914-20 (260215 Sjt. R. J. Davies. Bord. R.); Mercantile Marine War Medal 1914-18 (Robert J. Davies); Victory Medal 1914-19 (260215 Sjt. R. J. Davies. Bord. R.) very fine


Mercantile Marine War Medal 1914-18 (John Johnstone); Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve L.S. & G.C., G.VI.R., 1st issue (L.D/721 R. L. Green. L.Smn. R.N.V.R.) good very fine (5)


£60-£80


Robert James Davies was born in 1888 and attested for the Border Regiment on 1 March 1916. He was discharged on 19 November 1918.


284 Pair: Second Lieutenant K. E. W. Langston, Border Regiment, attached Machine Gun Corps, late Middlesex Regiment


British War Medal 1914-20 (2.Lieut. K. E. W. Langston.) in named card box of issue; Territorial Force War Medal 1914 -19 (1746 Pte. K. E. W. Langston Midd’x R.) good very fine (2)


£180-£220


Kenneth Edward Webb Langston attested for the Middlesex Regiment (Territorial Force), and served with the 1st/10th Battalion during the Great War in India from 1 December 1914. Commissioned Second Lieutenant in the 1st/4th Battalion, Border Regiment on 29 August 1917, he subsequently served attached to the 204 Machine Gun Corps. His entire Great War service was spent in India; consequently this is his full entitlement.


285 Seven: Temporary Major A. H. D. Stedman, Hampshire Regiment


British War and Victory Medals (2. Lieut. A. H. D. Stedman); 1939-45 Star; France and Germany Star; Defence and War Medals 1939-45; Efficiency Decoration, G.VI.R., 1st issue, Territorial, reverse officially dated ‘1945’, mounted as worn, very fine (7)


£140-£180


Efficiency Decoration London Gazette 14 June 1945: ‘Capt. (T/Maj.), Hampshire Regiment.’ Arthur Herbert Dunlop Stedman served in France with the 4th Battalion, Hampshire Regiment, and later with the Indian Army.


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