D-Day hero’s medal leads the charge in Yorkshire sale

A General Service Medal awarded to a soldier who lost his life in the D-Day landings was the highest-selling medal in a recent North Yorkshire sale which saw a variety of medals secured strong prices when they went under the hammer.

Tennants Auctioneers’ Militaria & Ethnographica sale earlier this month saw the highest hammer price paid for a General Service Medal 1918-62, awarded to Captain R.H.P Burbury, D.C.L.I, a D-Day Casualty, which sold for £3,200.

General Service Medal awarded to Capt.R.P.H.Burbury, a D-Day casualty

The medal featured a Palestine clasp and MID oakleaf, and was sold alongside a copy of the war diary for June 1944 noting Burbury’s death, a map and photographs. Richard Burbury was born in Barnsley and was commissioned with the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry as 2nd Lieutenant in 1925. He was commanding the 1/South Lancashire Regiment as Lt. Colonel on the D-Day landing of June, 6 1944 when he was killed in action.

From the same collection came a First World War/North West Frontier Group of Five Medals, awarded to Captain Norman Edward V. Kynaston of the Liverpool Regiment, who served in the Territorial Force, before transferring to the Indian Army and later returned to serve in the Liverpool Regiment.

The medals, which comprised a 1914-15 Star, a British War Medal, a Victory Medal, a General Service Medal 1918-62 with MID oak leaf and S. Persia clasp, and an India General Service Medal 1909 with Afghanistan N.W.F. clasp 1919, sold for £2,500.

From other vendors came strong lots such as a George Medal, awarded to civilians who show extraordinary courage in the face of enemy action, which was given to Percival Tyrrell Hague, a Corporal in the Home Guard for remarkable gallantry shown during an Air Raid over Nottingham Corporation Gas Works.

George Medal awarded to Percival Tyrrell Hague, a Corporal in the Home Guard

After a shower of incendiaries had fallen on top of a 90ft gasholder he noticed that three of them had got lodged, so he climbed up and knocked them off. Soon afterwards, when he and a colleague, E. W Morrison, were trying to close down valves a high-explosive hit a nearby gas holder which burst into flames. Despite their clothes being on fire, they continued with their work and managed to save the chief parts of the plant. The medal and related material sold for £4,000.

Elsewhere in the sale good results were seen for an 18th-century Indo-Persian Pesh Kabz, which sold for £3,000, a pair of early 19th-century flintlock pocket pistols by Southall, London, which sold for £2,200, and an 18th-19th-century Indian Khanjali, which sold for £2,200.

The sale resulted in a total hammer price of £136,700 for 430 lots.

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