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Auction: 18002 - Orders, Decorations and Medals
Lot: 414

Pair: Private B. F. Pratt, 9th (Service) Battalion, Essex Regiment

British War and Victory Medals (54849 Pte. B. F. Pratt. Essex R.), polished, good fine (2)

B. F. Pratt, the son of Mr W. F. Pratt of Mistley, Manningtree, Essex, died on 13 October 1918 serving with the Essex Regiment in north-east France.

The 9th Battalion, Essex Regiment formed at Warley Barracks in Brentwood, Essex, as part of Kitchener's New Army. Made up heavily from farm workers, the Battalion served in France from 1915 and was heavily engaged during the Battle of the Somme.

The Second Battle of Cambrai took place on 8-10 October 1918. Incorporating 324 tanks, closely supported by infantry and aircraft, the attack was an overwhelming success with light casualties achieved over a short period of time. However, German resistance north-east of the town stiffened and Canadian and British unit were forced to dig in.

Pratt was killed in action on 13 October 1918 and is buried in the Point du Jour Military Cemetery, France; sold with copied MIC.

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