6 July 2004
Pair: Second Lieutenant W. A. Heyworth, 5th Battalion, Liverpool Regiment, who was killed in action near Arras on 23 May 1916
British War and Victory Medals (2. Lieut.) nearly extremely fine (2) £120-150
This lot was sold as part of a special collection, Medals to the Liverpool Regiment from the Collection of Hal Giblin.
The following is extracted from Memorials of Old Birkonians 1914-1918, which book includes a fine portrait photograph of recipient:
‘Wilfred Alexander Heyworth, only son of Harold Ormerod Heyworth of Upper Norwood, was born at Buenos Aires on 24 March 1896, and was killed in action near Arras on 23 May 1916.
He entered the school in 1910 and left in 1912. He was in the cricket XI and was a very promising player, as he afterwards showed as a member of Sefton Cricket Club. Before the war he was in business in Liverpool, but joined the Liverpool ‘Pals’ Battalion in the very early days, later obtaining a commission in the 5th King’s (Liverpool Regiment), with which he continued until the time of his death.
... The Adjutant wrote “I cannot speak to highly of your son. He was splendid, imbued with a high sense of duty and doing that duty cheerfully and well. He endeared himself not only to his brother officers, but also to his men, and there was not a man in his platoon who would not have followed him anywhere.”
Sold with copy m.i.c. which confirms entitlement to British War and Victory Medals only.