Medals belonging to brothers kept together after going under the hammer in Honion

PUBLISHED: 16:35 26 October 2017 | UPDATED: 16:35 26 October 2017

The medals belonging to Lieutenant Corporal J Crockford.

The medals belonging to Lieutenant Corporal J Crockford.


In all, the medals cost more than £1,400.

Medals belonging to two brothers were kept together after a buyer successfully bid on two separate lots at a Honiton auction house.

One of the brothers, Private Albert Crockford, died on July 1, 1916 - the first day of the Battle of the Somme.

He was awarded three medals - the 1914-15 Star, the British War medal and the Victory medal.

Albert’s brother, Lieutenant Corporal J Crockford then received his call-up papers, but unlike his brother, he survived the war and received the Military medal, 1914-15 Star, 1914-1920 British War medal and Victory medal.

The medals were sold at Chilcotts most recent fine art and antiques, medals and militaria sale.

The buyer, a private collector from Paignton, bid on both lots as he wanted to see the medals of the two brothers stay together.

All in, he paid £930 for Albert’s medals and £597 for those belonging to his brother.

Auctioneer Duncan Chilcott said: “It was tragic for this family to lose one son, and then for the second son to be called up soon after the death of the first.

“It is heart-warming to know that the medals are staying together as in some small way this keeps the brothers connected.”

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