Second World War North West Europe and Regular Army long service group awarded to Warrant Officer 2nd Class E. Gaythorpe, East Lancashire Regiment, who appears to have seen service with the 1st Battalion during the Second World War, which fought in North West Europe as part of the 71st Infantry Brigade and later the 158th Infantry Brigade in the 53rd Welsh Division.
Group of 5: 1939-1945 Star; France and Germany Star; Defence Medal; War Medal; Regular Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, GVI 1st type bust; (3380873 W.O.CL.2. E. GAYTHORPE. E.LAN.R.). All WW2 campaigns and medals are of matching patina, indicative of issue to one recipient.
Condition: Nearly Extremely Fine.
Awarded to Warrant Officer 2nd Class (No.3380873) E. Gaythorpe, East Lancashire Regiment, who appears to have seen service with the 1st Battalion during the Second World War. The 1st Battalion originally took part in the campaign in France in 1940 as part of the 126th Infantry Brigade attached to the 42nd East Lancashire Division. The battalion fought in the Battle of Dunkirk, before being evacuated. The regiment’s only Victoria Cross of the war was awarded, this being awarded to Captain later Lieutenant Colonel Marcus Ervine-Andrews for his actions in front of Dunkirk on the 31st May to 1st June 1940.
As part of the 71st Infantry Brigade and later the 158th Infantry Brigade, the 1st Battalion then saw service in North West Europe as part of the 53rd Welsh Division.