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Medals of Gallantry - 17/02/2017

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Medals of Gallantry 

One of the highlights of the sale is a superb WW1 Gallantry medal group to a local military hero, Lt. Col Herbert Heathley Hutchinson. 

While serving a Captain with the Royal Garrison Artillery on the Western Front he was decorated several times for Bravery in the Field. One of his tasks was being an Observer in a Balloon. His extensive group of medals consists of his Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal 1914-18, Victory Medal with Mentioned in Despatches Oakleaf, WW2 Defence Medal, Belgian Chevalier de l'Ordre de la Couromne and the French Croix de Guerre with Palm. The group also includes his miniature dress medals and his WW1 Silver Wound badge number B250152. 

After the Great War, "Hutch" as he was known, returned academic life as a teacher and later became Headmaster at Rugeley Grammar School.  With the outbreak  of war in 1939 he organised a company of Local Defence Volunteers. But was soon transferred to  Group HQ at Eaton Lodge as second in Command of Stafford, Cannock and Rugeley group. 

In addition to his medals, there are citations from the Belgian King,  Press cuttings, WW1 Officers Record of Service book, original WW1 photos of him with Officers and men of his unit, a copy of a photo of him and his parents leaving Buckingham Palace after being decorated and a WW2 photo of him in WW2 LDV "Home Guard" uniform.

Adrian Stevenson, Hansons Militaria expert commented "This is a wonderful group of items to a brave Officer. Being a Balloon Observer was a very risky job. The Military Cross was held in high regard and the decorations awarded to him by our French and Belgian Allies show how highly he was thought of.  The paperwork included in the sale help build up a personal picture of him and this high regard extended to his life in teaching."

The lot has an estimate of £1000 to £1200.

Hansons are always looking for medals and military antiques. Adrian Stevenson is available to appraise your military items for auction at the saleroom at Etwall, Derbyshire. Specialist Coin, Medal and Militaria valuation days are held on the first and third Wednesdays of the month. The closing date for this sale is Saturday 4th March. Further specialist military sales are also being held in August and November.

Free valuations and consignments of all manner of antiques and collectables are held every Wednesday 5pm to 7.30pm, every Friday 10am to 4pm and every Saturday from 9am to 12noon at The Etwall Auction Centre.  For further information please phone 01283 733988 or email

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