About this item
For sale is a WW1 Mounted Victory & War Medal Duo & Medal Bar To Pte H Heaton West Riding Regiment.
The ww1 victory and war medals are engraved on the rim the following; “7-5448 Pte. H. Heaton. W. Rid.R”.
Harry Heaton was living at 28 Farside Green, Little Hocton Lane, Bradford before he was called up for enlistment. Harry enlisted on the 26th of November 1915. Upon enlisting he joined the 1/7th Duke Of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment). Throughout his military service he had two numbers 7-5448 which can be found engraved on his medal duo, and another number 307488.
During Harry’s time serving with the 1/7th Duke Of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment) he was entitled/ awarded a ww1 victory medal, ww1 war medal, a ww1 wound stripe and a ww1 war wound badge issue number B89359. Unfortunately only the ww1 British victory medal & war medal & medal ribbon bar is present.
Harry was injured on the 17th June 1918, whilst serving with the 1/7th Duke Of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment), during June 1918, Harry’s regiment was in the area of Canal du Nord. Following Harry being injured he was awarded the ww1 wound badge on the 10th February 1919, badge no B89359. But he was entitled to wear a wound stripe on the 17th June 1918.
About the battle Harry was wounded at;
Harry was wounded at the battle of Canal du Nord which lasted from September 27th 1918 until the 1st October 1918. The Battle of Canal du Nord was part of the Hundred Days Offensive of the First World War by the Allies against German positions on the Western Front. The battle took place in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region of France, along an incomplete portion of the Canal du Nord and on the outskirts of Cambrai between 27 September and 1 October 1918. To prevent the Germans from sending reinforcements against one attack, the assault along the Canal du Nord was part of a sequence of Allied attacks at along the Western Front. The attack began the day after the Meuse-Argonne Offensive commenced, a day before an offensive in Belgian Flanders and two days before the Battle of St. Quentin Canal. The attack took place along the boundary between the British First Army and Third Army, which were to continue the advance started with the Battle of the Drocourt-Quéant Line, Battle of Havrincourt and Battle of Epehy. The First Army was to lead the crossing of the Canal du Nord and secure the northern flank of the British Third Army as both armies advanced towards Cambrai. The Third Army was also to capture the Escaut (Scheldt) Canal, to support the Fourth Army during the Battle of St. Quentin Canal.
Harry was discharged in the 18th of October 1918 as he was unfit for duty after being wounded five months previously.
Brief History of ww1 1/7th battalion west riding regiment, an understanding of what Harry would have experienced;
The 1/4th, 1/5th, 1/6th and 1/7 th battalions landed in France as part of the 147th (2nd West Riding) Brigade in the 49th (West Riding) Division in April 1915 for service on the Western Front and served together until the Armistice in November 1918. They saw action on the Somme, at Ypres, during the German spring offensive and the final Allied Hundred Days Offensive.
On the 11th of November 1914, the Germans launched a desparate attack to on Ypres and in the fighting the 2nd Battalion almost eliminated the Fusilier battalion of the 2nd (Prussian) Guard Grenadier Regiment (4th Guard Brigade) whose casualties numbered 15 officers and 500 men. The 2nd Duke of Wellingtons lost 400 officers and men. On the 18th of April 1915, in a successful assault on the high ground at Hill 60, the battalion suffered 421 casualties, 15 of them officers. On 5th May the Germans attacked using chlorine gas and recaptured the lost ground, inflicting a further 350 casualties on the Battalion.
In January 1916 the battalion was transferred to the 4th Division in which it served for the rest of the war. Seeing action in 1916 in the Battles of the Somme, in 1917 in the Battles of Arras and the Third Battle of Ypres. In 1918 they took part in The First Battle of Arras 1918, The Battles of the Lys, The Advance in Flanders, the Second Battles of Arras 1918, The Battle of the Canal du Nord on the Hindenburg Line and the Final Advance in Picardy.
Accompanying this medal is 6 scans of his service records. Upon payment please let me know if you would prefer digital scans or printed copies. There is still plenty of research to be done on this medal!
These will be sent via royal mail 1st class signed for and dispatched within two working days.
Seller reference number J6
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