Lot Archive


№ 562


27 September 1994

Hammer Price:

A Great War D.C.M. group of six awarded to Sergeant Major A. Allerton, West Yorkshire Regiment

DISTINGUISHED CONDUCT MEDAL, G.V.R. (267579 Sjt.-A.S. Mjr., 1/7 W. York. R. - T.F.); QUEEN'S SOUTH AFRICA 1899-1902, 3 clasps, Transvaal, S.A. 1901, S.A. 1902 (7010 Pte., Vol. Co. W. Yorks. Regt.); 1914-15 STAR (190 Sjr., W. York. R.); BRITISH WAR AND VICTORY MEDALS (190 A.W.O. Cl. 2, W. York. R.) TERRITORIAL FORCE EFFICIENCY MEDAL, E.VII.R. (190 L. Sjt., 7/W. York. Regt.) the D.C.M. and War Medal with some damage sustained during an air raid, otherwise nearly very fine and better (6)

The group is accompanied by a presentation silver cased pocket watch inscribed 'Presented by Mrs. Fred Tannett-Walker to Pte. A. Allerton of the Leeds Rifles on his departure for the War in South Africa. Mar. 1901.', a group photograph and various letters.

D.C.M., London Gazette, 28 March, 1918. 'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty when in charge of the brigade runners in an attack. His work was carried on night and day, and frequently under heavy shell fire, and it was to a great extent due to him that communication was kept up. He showed great initiative and determination.'

This group of medals was formerly held by the Leeds City Museum and suffered some damage when the Museum received a direct hit from a German bomber in 1941. The medals were released to the recipient’s son in 1983.