Lot Archive


№ 745


6 July 2004

Hammer Price:

Family group:

: Private A. Wales, King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry

Territorial Force War Medal 1914-19 (2162 Pte., K.O.Y.L.I.); together with Memorial Plaque (Alfred Wales)

Six: Corporal L. S. Wales, Royal Military Police, late Royal Tank Corps and Royal Armoured Corps

1939-45 Star; Africa Star, clasp, 8th Army; Italy Star; Defence and War Medals, unnamed; together with St. John Re-examination Badge (A134967 Leonard Wales), with ‘1952 label’, generally extremely fine (8)

Alfred Wales was born in Harrogate, Yorkshire, the eldest son of James and Mary Wales. Enlisting at Wakefield, he served with the 2/4th Battalion King’s Yorkshire Light Infantry. he was killed in Action, France / Flanders, on 20 November 1917, aged 20 years and was buried in Hermies Hill British Cemetery.

Leonard Salisbury Wales was born on 12 September 1912, in Harrogate, the third son of James and Mary Wales. In 1931 he enlisted into the Royal Tank Corps and transferred to the Army Reserve in 1935 on the expiry of his period of service. Recalled to the Royal Armoured Corps in September 1939, he served with the B.E.F. during May - June 1940 and with the M.E.F. during September 1941 and August 1943. From March 1944 until February 1946 he served with the Royal Military Police. Sold with Regular Army Certificate of Service; Soldier’s Service Book; Soldier’s Release Book; original certified copies of birth, marriage and death certificates and death certificate of another brother, Ernest, a Royal Marine, who died of natural causes, 7 February 1940.