28th Jun, 2023 10:30 GMT/BST

Militaria & Ethnographica

Lot 35


A First World War Military Cross, awarded to Second Lieutenant William Gilbert Dyer of the Durham Light Infantry, in case of issue, together with research material.

Footnote :- Second Lieutenant William Gilbert Dyer, the vendor's late father-in-law, was awarded the MC for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty, leading his platoon forward no less than three times and causing heavy casualties to the enemy during the very severe fighting in France in 1918. He was wounded twice. Originally from West Hartlepool, Lieutenant Dyer was working in Canada at the outbreak of the War. When the call for Volunteers went out, he was turned down by the Canadian Army so he returned to England and after several attempts he enlisted with the 19th Durhams as a Private. He worked his way up through the ranks and was selected for a commission in November 1917. He died at the age of 80 in 1969.

Sold for £900
Estimated at £1,000 - £1,200


Auction: Militaria & Ethnographica, 28th Jun, 2023

An interesting and varied sale including a Collection of Prussian and German Pickelhauben, and various pieces of Second World War British military headgear, cap badges, air weapons, antique firearms, and pistols. Highlights of the sale include a Rare First World War Tank Driver's Leather Helmet, a Mid-17th Century German Wheel-lock Sporting Gun, and a 19th Century Asmat "Ndambirkus" Ancestor Skull, New Guinea. 


Tuesday 27th June 10am-5pm and the morning of the sale from 8am

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