Auction: 12003 - Orders, Decorations, Campaign Medals & Militaria
Lot: 1

The Superb Great War V.C. Group of Six to Private S.F. Godley, Royal Fusiliers, For the Defence of the Nimy Bridge at Mons, 23rd August 1914, When, Although Severely Wounded by Shrapnel and With a Bullet Lodged in his Skull, He Took Over a Machine-Gun From His Mortally Wounded Commanding Officer and Continued to Hold his Position, Single Handed For Two Hours Against a Sustained Heavy German Assault, The First Infantry Attack of the Great War, When The Order Came To Withdraw He Maintained A Covering Fire Until All The Battalion Was Evacuated; Overtaken by the Enemy He Was Taken Prisoner of War. Private Godley and His Commanding Officer Lieutenant Dease Were Both Awarded The Victoria Cross- The First V.C.s of the Great Wara) Victoria Cross, reverse of suspension bar engraved ´Private S.F. Godley, 4th. Battn. Royal Fusiliers.´, reverse of Cross engraved ´23. Aug. 1914.´b) 1914 Star, with Bar (13814 Pte. S. Godley. 4/R. Fus.)c) British War and Victory Medals, M.I.D. Oak Leaves (L-13814 Pte. S.F. Godley. R.Fus.)d) Coronation 1937e) Coronation 1953, campaign medals polished, otherwise nearly very fine, the Cross better, housed in a Spink, London, leather case, the lid embossed ´S.F. Godley. V.C.´ (6)

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