Gorleston war hero’s medals to go up for auction
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The Military Medal and three other medals awarded to a Norfolk war hero are expected to sell for around £600 at an auction later this month.
Gorleston born Sergeant George Augustus Ives, was awarded the Military Medal on July 16, 1918, for his 'great gallantry' during a First World War battle.
He was wounded three times in the battle which took place in France in May 1918, just six months before the war ended.
Sgt Ives lived at 27 Lower Cliff Road, Gorleston, before he joined the 1st Battalion Norfolk Regiment on December 29, 1910 at the age of 18.
He was the fifth of six children of Gorleston shoemaker, William Ives and wife Emma, and was a hairdresser before he joined the army.
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On June 24, 1917, he was transferred to the 2nd East Lancashire Regiment and is mentioned in the Regimental History of the East Lancashire Regiment for his bravery during the attack at Guyencourt, France, on May 26, 1918.
According to Lieutenant Davies' account, the fighting in this zone continued for some considerable time. Lieutenant Davies was wounded and got away but he mentions Acting Company Sergeant-Major, Seargeant Ives as behaving with great gallantry, being thrice wounded before he was taken to the first aid post where he was afterwards taken prisoner.
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Sgt Ives then spent six months as a prisoner of war before he returned to Britain after the war ended.
In the 1920s,he served in the army in Jamaica,Bermuda,Malta and India. In May 1929, he was awarded the Long Service and Good Conduct medal.
On February 9, 1916 – the year before his exploits in France – he had married girlfriend, Sarah Newell Tedford in Belfast and after leaving the army ,in 1931,he settled in Belfast, where he became a stores clerk with Harland and Wolff ,the Belfast shipbuilders,who,among other things,built the Titanic.
He was 81 when he died in Belfast on August 1,1973. Now forty three years later his medals are up for sale and they are set to fetch between £550 and £650 at Morton & Eden in London on June 27.
The medals are his Military Medal; his British War & Victory Medals and his Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal.