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UNIQUE MEMORIAL PLAQUE to 2.LIEUT D.H.WELLS 5th YORK.& LANC. REGT (MC; KIA 1917)

DOUGLAS HENRY WELLS

Son of Mr and Mrs G.H.Wells of Eckington, Derbyshire.
Educated at Chesterfield Grammar School.
Douglas worked as a pre-war Surveyor in Canada

When war was declared he enlisted at Valcartier Camp 22/9/14.

To France 11/2/15 with the Canadian Expeditionary Force as Pte in 4th CAN.INF.
Severely Wounded F&F 1/5/15 during the 2nd Battle of Ypres.

Commissioned into 5th York and Lancaster Regiment 15/12/15.

Awarded the MC LG 26/4/17:
'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty when in command of a patrol. He carried out a difficult reconnaissance, and obtained most valuable information. Later, he rendered invaluable service when in command of a company.’

KIA F&F 3/5/17 aged 24 & is commemorated on the Arras Memorial.

He was an Old Cestrefeldian (Chesterfield Grammar School) and they record: "Second-Lieut. Douglas Henry Wells (1903), Yorks. and Lancashire Regt., who was killed in action in France in May last, was in the school but a short time, and with his brother, Lieut Norman L.Wells, was a boarder in the school house. On the removal of his family to Reading he left the school. We remember him as a delightful small boy of charming manner and happy disposition".

His Colonel writes of him that “he was leading his men in face of heavy fire when he was killed. He was one of the most gallant officers I ever met, particularly capable and efficient as a leader of men."

Another writes: “He was an excellent soldier, and his MC was only the beginning of what he would have done if he had been spared.”

With supporting research documentation.

His CEF Service Papers are available to download at: http://central.bac-lac.gc.ca/.item/?op=pdf&app=CEF&id=B10219-S049

In original waxed card plaque case.

Condition: NEF


Code: 52533Price:


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1914 TRIO to 2nd NORTHAMPTONSHIRE REGT (KIA 1915)

6637 PTE S.G.ULLMER 2/NORTH'N.R (on 1914 star)
6637 PTE S.G.ULLMER NORTH'N.R (on pair)

To France 6/11/14
KIA F&F 10/3/15 on First Day of the Battle of Neuve Chapelle & is commemorated on Le Touret Memorial.

With supporting research documentation.

Condition: Toned GVF/NEF

Code: 52532Price: 325.00 GBP


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1914 TRIO with ORIGINAL 'AUG-NOV 1914' CLASP & MID OAKLEAF (etc) to the RAMC

2276 PTE D.TORRANCE RAMC (on 1914 Star)
2276 A.SJT D.TORRANCE RAMC (on pair)

Donald Torrance.

To France 15/8/14 with 7th General Hospital.
MID LG 25/5/18 by Field Marshall Haig.

With 2 original OHMS Registered envelopes, one addressed to recipient at Somercotes, Alfreton, Derby (franked 13/5/22) the other to High St, S.Normanton, Derbyshire (franked 19/7/30).

Also with original sepia RAMC Group Photo ('No.194') in which Sjt Torrance is identified by an "X".

Condition: "A.SJT" on pair partially erased and changed to "S.SJT". Mounted as worn, with original 'Aug-Nov 1914' Clasp & 2 Rosettes, on long, original silk ribbons, GVF

Code: 52531Price: 240.00 GBP


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1914 TRIO with HONOURABLE DISCHARGE SCROLL, SILVER WAR BADGE & LOT OF EPHEMERA

9870 PTE E.ROBERTS 3/RIF.BRIG (on 1914 Star)
9870 PTE E.C.ROBERTS RIF.BRIG (on Pair)
49742 Pte Ernest C.Roberts,West Riding Regt (on Honourable Discharge Scroll)
450528 (on correctly numbered Silver War Badge)

Ernest Christopher Roberts, born Great Yarmouth 1884.
Attested 1903.

To France 10/9/14.
Suffered a gun-shot wound to his head & ear 7/5/15.
Then served in the Balkans from 25/11/15.
Discharged 23/5/16 after serving 1 year & 295 days as a mobilised reservist.

Re-enlisted into the West Riding Regt 4/7/16.
Returned to France 20/6/17 & was wounded twice more, firstly in the buttocks in April 1918 & then multiple gun-shot wounds 3/10/18.
Authorised to wear 2 Wound Stripes.
Discharged as being no longer physically fit 15/2/19
Awarded a disability pension of 8.5 pence per day for life from 19/2/23.

With several original documents:
> Old photograph (Roberts identified as centre, top)
> Parchment Character & Discharge Certificate (Army Form B.2077) dated 1905
> Parchment Reserve Certificate (Army Form D.426) dated 10/5/05
> Character Certificate (Army Form B.2067) dated 25/5/16
> Discharge Certificate (Army Form B.2079) dated 25/5/16
> Discharge Certificate (Army Form B.2079) dated 15/2/19
> Honourable Discharge Scroll (20" x 15") dated 15/2/19 & issued 26/3/20
> 2 Duplicate copies of Pensions Appeal Tribunal Assessment document (MPATS25; 5 pages each) dated 19/2/22

With supporting documentation.

Condition: Photo folded & edge torn; certificates & pension documents somewhat dog-eared & grubby; scroll folded with a 4" edge tear. SWB & Medals GVF/NEF


Code: 52527Price: 250.00 GBP


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1914 TRIO & PHOTO of BAND SJT MALLORY 2nd R.W.FUS (KIA 1915)

6648 BAND SJT E.MALLORY R.W.FUS (on 1914 Star)
6648 SJT E.MALLORY R.W.FUS (on pair)

Ernest Mallory, born Kennington, Surrey & lived in Hull.

To France 21/8/14 as Band Serjeant, 2nd Royal Welsh Fusiliers.
KIA F&F 15/3/15 & is buried in Bois-Grenier Communal Cemetery, France.

With original sepia portrait Studio Photo by 'Criouleans & Marsh' plus supporting documentation.

Condition: Studio card frame trimmed, but photo is untouched & in good condition. 1914 Trio on long, original silk ribbons, Toned NEF

Code: 52526Price:


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BWM & VICTORY MEDAL to 18th LONDON REGT ('LONDON IRISH RIFLES')

596035 PTE H.J.G.A.LUCY 18-LOND.R

Harry John George Arthur Lucy was born in West Ham in 11/6/99.

To France 5/4/18 as a boy of 18, sent to during the German Spring Offensive emergency.
Served with the 1/18th 'LONDON IRISH' until the Armistice on 11/11/18.

In 1939 he was a Postman working at the GPO Eastern Central Delivery Office & living at 103 Goldsmith Avenue, East Ham, Essex.

Died 1973 in the City of London.

With supporting documentation.

Condition: With old silk ribbons, NEF

Code: 52525Price: 65.00 GBP


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1914 TRIO to 48th Heavy Bty RGA with Photos & Ephemera

33096 GNR R.H.HAYWARD RGA (on 1914 Star)
33096 GNR R.H.HAYWARD RA (on pair)

Robert Henry Hayward was probably from Bromley or Beckenham, and enlisted 1/4/10.

To France 17/8/14 with 48th Heavy Bty RGA & is entitled to the 'Aug-Nov 1914' Clasp.
Suffered a Gun Shot Wound to his face on 31/10/17 & was admitted to 83 General Hospital, Boulogne.
Discharged 8/3/19 & entitled to a Silver War Badge.

With original Army Form B.104-81A dated 12/11/17, 9 original photos, a torn postcard & his mother's 'In Loving Memory' In Memorium Card.

Note: The 48th Heavy Battery RGA proceeded to France with the 3rd Division & was equipped with heavy 60 pounder guns which fired large 5" calibre high explosive shells. His battery was in action at the Battle of Mons, The Marne, The Aisne & the First Battle of Ypres.

With supporting documentation.

Condition: Army Form B.104 is torn, whilst Photos are generally in good condition; 1914 Trio on old silk ribbons, Toned NEF

Code: 52523Price: 160.00 GBP


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1914 TRIO to the 1st NORTHAMPTONSHIRE REGT. (WOUNDED 1915)

12871 PTE H.CARLESS 1/NORTH'.R

To France 3/11/14

Suffered a severe Gun Shot Wound to his Face circa 11/5/15 & returned to Blighty.

Released for Munition Work at Werner Pfleiderer & Perkins Ltd, Peterborough.

See: www.westwoodworks.net/HowItWas/WestwoodWorksInWW1/index.htm#3

With 3 pages of Soldiers Papers & supporting research documentation.

Condition: GVF

Code: 52518Price: 210.00 GBP


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1914 TRIO & ORIGINAL 'AUG-NOV 1914' CLASP to a BUGLER, 2nd OBLI,

8823 BGLR H.R.BARLOW 2/OXF:& BUCKS:L.I. (on 1914 Star)
8823 PTE H.R.BARLOW OXF:& BUCKS:L.I. (on Pair)

To France 14/8/14 & Clasp entitlement verified.
Later transferred to the RFC as Learner Motor Transport Driver & was last promoted 9/1/18

With supporting research documentation.

Edge knock on BWM plus small verdigris spots on star reverse & victory rim; polished & lightly contacted, AVF

Code: 52516Price:


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1914 TRIO & MEMORIAL PLAQUE to 2nd DEVON REGT (KIA 1916)

8402 PTE W.J.WALSH 2/DEVON R. (on 1914 Star)
8402 PTE W.J.WALSH DEVON R. (on pair)
WILLIAM JOSEPH WALSH (on plaque)

Born, lived & enlisted in Plymouth.

To France 6/11/14.
KIA F&F 6/10/16 & is commemorated on the Loos Memorial, France.

With supporting documentation.

Condition: NEF/EF

Code: 52504Price: 425.00 GBP

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