Duke’s last call for coins and medals

Duke’s of Dorchester is inviting final entries for its Coins and Medals auction on Friday 18 November.
Some exceptional lots have already been consigned including an October 1918 Military Cross group awarded to Temporary 2nd Lieut John William Willey DLI, who signed up at 17 and under age. On 24 October 1918 he was awarded the Military Cross for re-organising his battalion after his commanding officer was wounded. The attack successfully continued thanks to his level headedness and quick thinking. The collection will come to auction estimated at £800-£1,200.

An exceedingly rare Second World War Submariners DSM, another highlight of the auction, is estimated at £2,400-£2,800.
It was awarded to Petty Officer Charles Payne, who having survived the sinkings of HMS Pandora and HMS Olympus, even swimming seven miles back to Malta, was killed onboard HMS Traveller aged 31.
Anyone who owns coins or medals and would like confidential free advice or more information about the auction should phone Julian Smith 01305 265080 or email

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