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WW1 1914 Mons Star Awarded to Lt. L.A. Bernard (Posthumous)

  • Price: $395.00
  • Maker: British
  • Model: Medal
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  • Description: This is an original medal, approved in 1917, engraved on the reverse: LIEUT;L.A. BERNARD / NOTTS & DERBY;R. The medal, which is sewn to a 3 1/4 x 5 piece of black velvet-lined card, has a fairly bright bronze patina with a single small area of verdigris on the wreath at 4 oclock. The red, white, and blue silk wreath has faded with age, and has unravelled slightly at the suspension ring. Below the medal is the small silver rose device denoting that the recipient was under fire during the period of August - November, 1914. A two page biographical paper, conducted by Westchester Historical Research Service, is included, which states that Laurance Arthur Bernard was born on August 27, 1886. He was admitted to Bradfield College, Berkshire, in 1899, and was a School Prefect, as well as on both the football and cricket teams. In 1905 he enrolled at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, and entered the Army as a 2nd Lieutenant the following year, gazetted to the Nottingham & Derbyshire Regiment (The Sherwood Foresters). He served with the 1st Battalion in India (Bangalore, Secunderabad, and other stations), and was promoted to Lieutenant in March of 1909. He left India for Africa in 1910 and served in the 2nd Battalion, Southern Nigeria Regiment, West African Field Force, but returned to the Notts & Derbys at Sheffield in 1914, as an officer in the 2nd Battalion. He landed at St. Nazaire on September 11, 1914, as part of the 18th Brigade, 6th Division, BEF, and was killed 9 days later at Troyon. The regimental history records: A further advance through the valley was attempted by another platoon of D commanded by Lieutenant Bernard, who although wounded in the arm soon after leaving the bivouac, insisted on carrying on; but again the enemy fire was too heavy and the platoon was unable to get very far. 36 men of this platoon were killed or wounded, including their commander. He was a great loss to us; had only been with the Battalion for a short time, but was endeared to everybody, and shown what an exceptionally good officer he was. - (1st & 2nd Battalions The Sherwood Foresters in the Great War by Col. H.C. Wylly, C.B.; 1925) Also included is a small tobacco card which depicts the regimental badge of the Nottingham & Derbyshire Regiment. This is a poignant piece of WW1 memorabilia, posthumously awarded to a promising young officer, cut down in his prime