With well over 1,000 British and associated medals, covering the period from the mid 1800’s to the 1991 Gulf War what may well prove to be one of the most significant single-owner medal collections to come to the auction market in 2016 is to be offered by Sheffield Auction Gallery on 4th March.

WW1 DSO Group to Major L. Sawyer Yorks & Lancs Regiment

WW1 DSO Group to Major L. Sawyer Yorks & Lancs Regiment

The incredibly comprehensive “Dore” collection was brought together by a Sheffield gentleman who had a real passion and insight into the world of medals and, just as importantly, the people who received them. The collection has a focus on the York and Lancashire Regiment, which was formed in 1881 following the amalgamation of three Yorkshire Regiments including the original 84th Foot Yorks and Lancs. The regiment was finally disbanded in 1968 having seen action in many conflicts including Sudan in the 1880’s, the Boer War, World War I and World War II. The collection has regimental medals from all of these conflicts.

A Crimea Medal to Trumpet Major RB Davies, 13th Light Dragoons. Light Brigade Charger

A Crimea Medal to Trumpet Major RB Davies, 13th Light Dragoons. Light Brigade Charger

However; the collection also reflects most of the British military campaigns throughout the Victorian era, World War I, World War II, Korea with not only the campaign medals represented but a large number of gallantry medals and groups. Highlights include two World War I Distinguished Service Order groups, Military Cross Groups, multiple Distinguished Conduct medals and groups plus Military Medal Groups from many theatres of war.

WW1 DSO Group to Major IP Smith, Royal Garrison Artillery

WW1 DSO Group to Major IP Smith, Royal Garrison Artillery

Perhaps one medal seems to stand out; not a group but a single medal to Trumpet Major Richard B. Davis of the 13th Light Dragoons, a Crimea medal from 1854 with four Bars including Balaklava. A survivor of one the most famous cavalry charges of all time – The Charge Of the Light Brigade in which just over 600 British cavalry charged the Russian guns which was later described by French Marshal Bosquet; “It is magnificent, but it is not war!” Trumpeter Davis made it all the way through the Russian guns only to have his horse killed from beneath him on the return and retreated on foot. Although born in India to a military family Mr Davis died in Sheffield in 1902 at the age of 74.

A Victorian Africa Group to W Valentine, 1 Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers

A Victorian Africa Group to W Valentine, 1 Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers

Such a magnificent collection is expected to attract worldwide attention, John Morgan, Auctioneer and Specialist Valuer said; “with the ever increasing interest in medals coinciding with the various World War I centenary commemorations including 100 years since the Battle of the Somme this year, the opportunity to offer for sale this fresh-to-the-market collection is a privilege and very exciting”. Many of the medals are offered with research documentation collected at a time before the internet was widely available.

A Good Conduct Medal and 1854 Indian GSM pair to Gunner T Duke, Royal Artillery

A Good Conduct Medal and 1854 Indian GSM pair to Gunner T Duke, Royal Artillery

Part two of this significant collection will be offered on 9th June 2016.

An Army of India Medal with Kirkee and Poona Bar (unnamed)

An Army of India Medal with Kirkee and Poona Bar (unnamed)

Entries for all forthcoming auctions are invited, for further information please contact the Auctioneers on 0114 281 6161 or jmorgan@sheffieldauctiongallery.com