Lot Archive


№ 77


31 May 1995

Hammer Price:

1913. Oxford and Cambridge Athletic Sports, a silver prize medal, reverse engraved ‘1913. 3 MILES 1st D.N. GAUSSEN, Time 14 min. 47 seC.’, 61mm. Edge bruise, otherwise extremely fine, in red case of issue by A. Woodhouse, Lincoln’s Inn (£30-50)

Ex BDW 3 (157) David Newbould Gaussen (1893-1916); eldest son of Rev. C.E. Gaussen, vicar of Nettlebed with Potten End, Berkhamsted; educated at Brighton College, Berkhamsted School, and St John’s College, Oxford; commissioned into the 8th Bedfordshire Regt., Sept. 1914; transferred to the 1st Bedfordshires; killed in action, 31 July 1916. Gaussen was well known in University athletic circles as a long distance runner. This medal was awarded to him for winning the 3 Miles Race at the ‘Jubilee’ athletics meeting between Oxford and Cambridge on 14 March 1913 at Queen’s Club, held in the presence of King George V and the Prince of Wales. Gaussen was also part of the Oxford team which was victorous in the Inter-collegiate Championship of America and England 4-Mile Relay race held at Franklin Field, University of Philadelphia, on 25 April 1914. Other biographical details are included with the medal.