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The Woodford Collection of military medals and decorations to be sold at auction in Diss




A Military General Service Medal (1847 GSM) for the Napoleonic Wars 1793-1814. Named to John Matthews 27th Foot. Later suspension.
A Military General Service Medal (1847 GSM) for the Napoleonic Wars 1793-1814. Named to John Matthews 27th Foot. Later suspension.

A fascinating collection of military medals and decorations, police medals, insignia, awards and commendations is to be offered for auction at TW Gaze in Diss on Thursday.

Compiled by a gentleman, for many years a resident of a south Norfolk market town, who’s interest stemmed from his own service in the Special Constabulary and the City of London Police as well as the years he served in the Essex Home Guard during World War II, the collection also incorporates uniform elements, truncheons and ephemera.

Notable entries include a Life Guard Regiment Waterloo medal (£400 – £500) and an 1847 Victoria General Service medal from the Napoleonic Campaigns, with bars for St Sebastian, Vittoria and Vimiera, to a member of the 9th Foot Regiment (£1,200 – £1,800)

A Victorian Board of Trade Medal for Gallantry in Saving Life at Sea, in bronze, unnamed with test-cuts to edge at 3 and 9 o'clock, 57mm diameter.
A Victorian Board of Trade Medal for Gallantry in Saving Life at Sea, in bronze, unnamed with test-cuts to edge at 3 and 9 o'clock, 57mm diameter.

There are various civilian honours, too, including a Victorian bronze award marvellously entitled Board of Trade Medal for Gallantry for saving a Life at Sea (£250 – £300) and a Court Marshall medal group which comes complete with fascinating back-story relating to a member of the Norfolk Regiment (£400 – £600).

There are 220 lots in total and they represent a rare opportunity to access some choice pieces of military, naval and civilian history from the Battle of Waterloo to H.M. Queen Elizabeth II.

Viewing for the sale will be in The Waveney Room, Diss Auction Rooms, Roydon Road from 12noon – 5pm on Thursday, May 30.



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