WW1 1st Bn East Kent Regiment Casualty DCM, MM Family Group of Medals.
An emotive family group awarded to two brothers, both would be Killed in Action. Comprising group to Sergeant Arthur James Ayres DCM., MM. who was Killed in Action on the 18th September 1918. Comprising: Distinguished Conduct Medal, 'G-6884 SJT A.J. AYRES 1/E. KENTR.', Military Medal, '6884 SJT A.J. AYRES DCM 1/E. KENT R', 1914/15 Star, 'PTE E.KENT R', British War Medal, Victory Medal, 'SJT E.KENT R'. Medals loose. .... Accompanied by the group of Private Thomas Ayres, who was Killed in Action on the 29th October 1917. Comprising: 1914/15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal. awarded to '11209 PTE. T. AYRES DEVON R'. Medals loose.
Estimate: (£1,200 - £1,800)
Citation for the award of the Distinguished Conduct Medal appeared in the London Gazette on the 30th October 1918. 'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He displayed great dash and courage during a raid. He was the first over the parapet and dashed on ahead to the objective. He assisted his Officer in getting five of the enemy out of a dugout killing one and capturing the rest. All this was done before the Platoon had reached the post. Throughout the operation he set a splendid example to the men.Sergeant Arthur James Ayres DCM., MM was resident at Ottery St.Mary and on volunteering landed in France on the 13th July 1915. He received a Mention in Despatches on the 22nd May 1917. He was Killed in Action on the 18th September 1918. On this day the Battalion saw action at St.Quentin Wood and were advancing towards Fresnoy, when they encountered heavy machine gun fire, with resulted in the battalion withdrawing with some 150 OR's killed and wounded.Private Thomas Ayres landed in France with the Devonshire Regiment on the 15th April 1915. He was Killed in Action on the 29th October 1917.