I was helping out at the Aldershot Militaria Society Fair in Farnham yesterday and found this in an odds and ends box. Now I know nothing about medals, and it’s in pretty poor condition, but it looked interesting, and it was only a pound.
And this, from what I have subsequently ascertained, appears to be what it is:
A silver one, it seems. Worth spending a pound on, methinks.
These, I did not find in an odds and ends box. That’s my pocket money gone for the next few months. For your information, Privates Dale and Bennett were both killed in 1918, the former during the German advance in March, the latter just three months before the war’s end. Private Robert Dale, aged 22, Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment), is remembered on the walls of the Pozieres Memorial on the Somme (we shall visit the memorial in a future ‘Somme’ post). Private Walter Bennett, just 19, Royal Fusiliers, is buried at Queant Road Cemetery near Buissy, about seven miles north east of Bapaume. His father, Albert, Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment), was killed on the Somme on 3rd July 1916 and is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial.
Private Frederick Hill, also 19, Grenadier Guards, was killed near Ypres on 27th October 1914. His body, like that of Private Dale, was never recovered and he is remembered on the Menin Gate. If anyone fancies researching anything else about these soldiers, be my guest. I shall get round to it in time.
Good company too. Cheers Duncan!