Medals from the Great War, WWII and the Boer Wars go under the hammer next week

Next week, Dreweatt's will be holding an auction which includes several medals, including some which represent good quality investments at entry-level prices.

First World War collectors will be watching out for a Great War Military Cross Group of Five awarded to one Major George Luther Courthope, of the Royal Sussex Regiment.;

The group consists of a Military Cross GRV, a 1914-15 Star (marked Capt G.L. Courthope. R.Suss.R.), British War and Victory Medals (marked Major G.L. Courthope) with M.I.D, oak leaf and Territorial Decoration GRV, mounted for wearing, together with related dress miniature.

The whole lot is expected to sell for £1,200-1,800.

Second World War enthusiasts may be more interested in a Distinguished Flying Cross set awarded to Flight Lieutenant G.E. Cassie (pictured) of 263 Squadron. Recommendations for his award cite his "exceptional devotion to duty", and that on his many missions:

"Despite the intense flak which protects these vital enemy objectives, he has invariably launched his Rockets and Bombs from minimum range.

"Flight Lieutenant Cassie is a keen, persevering officer who has displayed at all times a determination and tenacity which is exemplary. I therefore strongly recommend that Flight Lieutenant Cassie be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross."

The group consists of a Distinguished Flying Cross GRVI, GRI (1945), a 1939-1945 Star, an Air Crew Europe Star, a War Medal 1939-45, a Defence Medal and an Air Efficiency Award, which in total are expected to achieve £1,200-1,800 - this seems a little modest.

Boer war DSO and OBE medals set
Boer war DSO and OBE medals set
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Finally, the piece which is expected to head the auction pre-dates either of these:  It is a Boer war set of nine awarded to Lieutenant Colonel Frederick George Lawrence of the South Wales Borderers, 24th Regiment.

Comprising not only a Victorian Distinguished Service Order, but also an OBE alongside various service medals related to his actions in South Africa, the lot is distinguished by an assembled of associated war memorabilia.

This includes a series of black & white and sepia photographs relating to the Boer War and the army of the time, and would be fascinating to a historian or medal collector. The lot is expected to achieve £3,000-4,000 - again this seems slightly low.

The auction takes place on Tuesday, October 26 in Bristol, UK.


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