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A First War Victory Medal to Victoria Cross Recipient 1917

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A First War Victory Medal to Victoria Cross Recipient 1917

 Victory Medal to Sergeant F.E. Stubbs VC, Lancashire Fusiliers (1506 SJT. F.E. STUBBS. LAN. FUS.); and Victory Medal to Sergeant J.S. Stubbs, Royal Artillery (L-41401 SJT. J.E. STUBBS. R.A.). Naming is officially impressed. Un-mounted, oxidation evident on the former, contact marks and gilt wear on both, near very fine and very fine, respectively. Accompanied by four colour photographs of a memorial wall with names of the recipients of the Victoria Cross from all countries, with that of Sergeant F.E. Stubbs highlighted.    Footnote: Victoria Cross recipient Sergeant Frank Edward Stubbs was born on March 12, 1888 in Kennington, London. He enlisted in the Army as a Boy soldier and served with the 1st Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers in India before his First World War service. He was a native of Walworth, London, when his First World War service began with the 1st Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers and was sent to the Middle Eastern front, specifically the Dardanelles. Stubbs was one of the regiment's famous "Six V.C.'s Before Breakfast" and was awarded a Victoria Cross for leading his leadership in getting his men through the wire and up the cliffs as part of the "Lancashire Landings" at W Beach during the Gallipoli Campaign on April 25, 1915. He was killed later in the day while making the assault on his company's final objective and his body was never recovered. 1506 Sergeant Frank Edward Stubbs, 1st Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers, died of his wounds on April 25, 1915, at the age of 27 and was the only fatal casualty of the six Victoria Cross recipients of the 1st Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers. He is remembered with honour on the Helles Memorial, Turkey, Panel 58 to 72 or 218 to 219. The Helles Memorial stands on the tip of the Gallipoli Peninsula. It takes the form of an obelisk over thirty metres high that can be seen by ships passing through the Dardanelles. Stubbs was awarded the Victoria Cross posthumously, his citation appearing in the Third Supplement to the London Gazette 29985 of Tuesday, March 13, 1917, dated Thursday, March 15, 1917, page 2619: "On the 25th April, 1915, headquarters and three companies of the 1st Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers, in effecting a landing on the Gallipoli Peninsula to the West of Cape Helles, were met by very deadly fire from hidden machine guns, which caused a great number of casualties. The survivors, however, rushed up to and cut the wire entanglements, notwithstanding the terrific fire from the enemy, and after overcoming supreme difficulties, the cliffs were gained and the position maintained. Amongst the many very gallant officers and men engaged in this most hazardous undertaking, Captain Bromley, Serjeant Stubbs, and Corporal Grimshaw have been selected by their comrades as having performed the most signal acts of bravery and devotion to duty." The Victoria Cross was presented to his mother in a private ceremony in the ballroom at Buckingham Palace on May 2, 1917 and is owned by the Lancashire Fusiliers Regimental Museum. The citation for Captain (Temporary Major) Cuthbert Bromley (since drowned), 1506 Sergeant Frank Edward Stubbs (since died of wounds), and 2609 Corporal (later Sergeant) John E. Grimshaw was not issued until March 15, 1917, due to War Office regulations and red tape. The citation for Captain Richard Raymond Willis, 1293 Sergeant Alfred Richards, and 1809 Private William Kennealy, worded identically, had been previously issued on August 23, 1915. It was also noted in that same Third Supplement to the London Gazette 29985 of Tuesday, March 13, 1917, dated Thursday, March 15, 1917, page 2619, that in "Consequent of the award of the Victoria Cross, the award of the Distinguished Conduct Medal to No. 2609 Sjt. John Grimshaw, 1st Bn., Lan. Fus., which was published in the London Gazette dated 16th November, 1915, is hereby cancelled."   Provenance: Spink    
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