A unique Northern Ireland Queen’s gallantry group of seven medals almost doubled their estimate at Tennants Auctioneers Militaria and Ethnographica sale recently, selling for £17,000.
Comprising a Queen’s Gallantry Medal, British Empire Medal (Military), Accumulated Campaign Service Medal 1994, General Service Medal 1962, United Nations Medal and Army long service and good conduct medal, the collection also included a Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal 1952-2002. It was fitting to see the collection sold in Yorkshire, as the medals were originally awarded to a soldier who served with The Green Howards Regiment, frequently called ‘The Yorkshire Regiment’, whose home town was Richmond, North Yorkshire.
The Yorkshire connection proved popular with bidders, as a Family Group of Medals also sold above estimate at £1000. The medals were awarded to three members of the same family from the East Yorkshire Regiment.
A First World War trio of 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal and a Memorial Plaque awarded to Lieutenant Stephen Mark Crabtree; An award letter to J Crabtree Esq and his bronze collar badges; A first World War Pair of British War Medal and Victory Medal awarded to Private H P Crabtree and a Second World War Trio of 1939-45 Star Defence and War Medals with an ARP badge and two insignia.