Lot Archive


№ 685


6 July 2004

Hammer Price:

Four: Second Lieutenant F. W. Bones, Royal Engineers

1914-15 Star (2 Lieut., R.E.); British War and Victory Medals (2 Lieut.); Territorial Force Efficiency Medal, G.V.R. (502 C.S. Mjr., H.C.D. R.E.) nearly extremely fine (4) £120-160

Frank Wills Bones was born in Rye, Sussex. A sawmill machinist by trade, he entered the 1st Sussex Royal Engineer Volunteers in 1900 attaining the rank of Company Serjeant Major and enlisted with the same rank into the Home Counties Royal Engineers in 1908. Awarded the T.F.E.M. by Army Order 288 of 1912. In December 1914 he was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant in the Home Counties Field Co., R.E. and entered the France/Flanders theatre of war on 16 February 1915. Whilst on service on 10 December 1915 he received a gunshot wound to the right hand. Such was the damage, that in January his hand was amputated. Promoted Lieutenant in June 1916, he was later employed by the Ministry of Munitions and was transferred to the Territorial Force Reserve in 1920. Lieutenant Bones received a wound gratuity of £250 and a wound pension of £100 per annum. Sold with 16 sheets of copied service papers.