Mine-Sweeping Spink's Auction Room


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Mine-Sweeping Spink's Auction Room Oct 05 2016 Medals

SPINK USA | Spink are pleased to announce that The Numismatic Collector's Series Sale on the 19 - 20th October in New York, is set to be one of the most impressive yet. Many fine collections and items pass through Spink's auction rooms, but Spink could not be more delighted and excited about a particular item of militaria in this sale. It is a testament to one man's hard work and determination to serve his country even in the face, and dismembered hand, of hardship and terror.   

The sale will contain Captain Gervase William Heaton's 'Minesweeping' 1916  D.S.O. which he earned during the Great War 'in recognition of bravery and devotion to duty during mine-sweeping and mine-laying operations.' This D.S.O. will be offered alongside a 1918 'Mine Recovery' Second Award Bar, 1940 Military Division O.B.E. Group of Ten. In combination the Group to Captain Heaton can be considered very scarce.

Captain Heaton was appointed Acting Commander in charge of '...in charge of a Flotilla of Minesweepers …', but his one hand is not to be thought of as a warning against the dangers of playing too many computer games, he actually lost it during a 'motor smash' incident in  1914. However, his dramatic accident led to no reduction in the action and services rendered. Throughout the war he served '...in command of two minesweepers, and later a division' being awarded a D.S.O. in the 1916 New Year's Honours, a Mention in January 1917, a French Croix de Guerre in November 1917 and a Second Award Bar to his D.S.O. in the Birthday Honours List of 1918.

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Lot 551, estimated $5,000 - 7,000

A fine tale to tell and a very striking piece of military history to own. Collectors will come from far and wide to see this stunning medal group.

For more information, please contact Greg Cole or Marcus Budgen:

Tel: +1 212 8400 | Email: gcole@spink.com

Tel: + 44 (0)20 7563 4092 | Email: mbudgen@spink.com

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