First World War medals cross the block in Yorkshire
The group of First World War medals realised $11,000
Paul Fraser Collectibles, Friday 17 June 2016
A group of medals awarded to British First World War officer Sergeant George Franks have sold at Sheffield Auction Gallery in the UK.
The lot included a Distinguished Conduct Medal and a 1914 Star.
Mentioned in dispatches, Franks was awarded the former in March 1917 "for conspicuous gallantry.
"Franks seized an enemy rifle grenade which was burning, threw it away, then tripped a nearby soldier and covered him with his body as the grenade exploded…"
Tragically Franks was killed by an aerial dart dropped from a German aeroplane in May 1917.
Accompanying the lot was a letter of condolence to Franks' sister from his commanding officer Lieutenant Fitzherbert.
It reads: "….your brother was the best Sergeant and bravest man I have ever had the pleasure of meeting…"
The collection realised £7,502 ($10,725) earlier this month.
Auctioneer John Morgan explained: "There had been significant interest before the sale in this group…
"I opened the sale with a significant commission bid of £800 and there was early feverish bidding from all quarters.
"Finally settling down to a straight fight between a gentleman in the room and a telephone bidder, with the hammer finally dropping at £6,200 (£7,502 including buyers premium) to the telephone bidder."
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Images: Sheffield Auction GalleryBy Paul Fraser