THE MILITARY SALE Historically Important World Medals and Militaria Go Under the Hammer in London 6th November 2013 sees Baldwin’s and Dreweatts hold the second of their bi-annual Military Sales, comprising 320 lots of Medals, Militaria and Military ephemera. The sale will be held at Dreweatts Lo
port, and is reasonably intact. This historically fascinating piece is estimated to sell for £5,000 – 7,000.
Rounding off the sale is a small collection of watercolours, books and ephemera from the collection of the military historian Lionel Leventhal. Focusing principally on the Napoleonic and Second World Wars they include an important and rare Wyld atlas covering the battles of the Peninsular War; works by the artist Geoff Hunt; original German maps and plans issued as part of Operation Sea Lion; and a number of posters, leaflets and broadsides relating to the Blitz, British home front preparedness and the German occupation of the Channel Islands.
The full catalogue for this auction can be viewed online at www.baldwin.co.uk or at www.dnfa.com.
A Very Rare Russian WWI St George Medal for Bravery, 2nd Class, awarded to Sergeant Edward George Cox, Machine Gun Corps (Cavalry), late 10th (Prince of Wales’ Own Royal) Hussars, awarded for gallantry and distinguished service in the field, comprising: Russia, St George Medal for Bravery, 2nd Class, Nicholas II, struck in gold (239 Sgt. E. G. Cox. 10th Hus.); officially impressed, reverse numbered ‘No 2872’. Toned, contact marks and light scratches, otherwise nearly very fine, and very rare.
Russia, St George Medal, 2nd Class, London Gazette 25.08.1915 - ‘For Gallantry and Distinguished Service in the Field’
Whilst rather esoteric and lacking much in the way of published research, a number of Russian awards were issued to British servicemen during the Great War, many of which appear to relate to the Second Battle of Ypres. Some of these awards were noted in contemporary newspaper reports as having been issued to British recipients personally by the Grand Duke Michael of Russia at the London quarters of his Military Attaché, General Yermoloff.
Several awards of the St George Medal for Bravery, 2nd Class made to Cavalry & Yeomanry regiments appear to relate the final day of the Battle of Frezenberg Ridge, on the 13th of May, 1915 (a similar example was sold at DNW in 2009 to a casualty of this action in the North Somerset Yeomanry). On the morning of the 13th, near Hooge & Potijze Chateau, the 10th Hussars (then part of the 8th Cavalry Brigade, 3rd Cavalry Division) and Essex Yeomanry led a hard fought but ultimately very successful attack on nearby German trenches, capturing a section of battlefield nearly a mile deep into the Ypres salient. The success on this occasion inevitably came at a cost, with 138 officers and other ranks of the Royal Hussars taken as casualties, including the death of their Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Shearman, who was killed leading the charge.
Sold with copy MIC, showing his entitlement to a 1914 Star, British War & Victory Medals, copy London Gazette mention, and extracts taken from ‘The 10th P.W.O. Royal Hussars and The Essex Yeomanry during the European War, 1914-1918’ by Lt Col. F H D C Whitmore - which also records this award.