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Auction: 18002 - Orders, Decorations and Medals
Lot: 495

A Great War M.M. awarded to Private G. Marsden, Royal Lancaster Regiment

Military Medal, G.V.R. (9595 Pte. G. Marsden. 1/R. Lanc: R.), polished, nearly very fine

M.M. London Gazette 11 November 1916.

George Marsden served with the 1st Battalion, Royal Lancaster Regiment (King's Own) on the Western Front from 23 August 1914 and appears to have been lucky indeed to escape with his life from the Battle of Le Cateau - the Battalion took over 400 casualties in a single 2-minute machine gun burst (entitled 1914 Star Trio). In summer 1916, the Battalion attacked Beaumont-Hamel and Serre on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, taking heavy casualties. As a result few made the German trenches and the Battalion was withdrawn to the Elles Square support trenches. The date of the Gazette for this award suggests Marsden was decorated for his service in the period. He subsequently transferred to the 2/1st North Somerset Yeomanry from 18 July 1917; sold with copied MIC.

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