First World War hero and Stockton Mayor's medals to go under the hammer at auction (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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First World War hero and Stockton Mayor's medals to go under the hammer at auction
A COLLECTION of medals awarded to a First World War hero who served in the Durham Light Infantry are going up for auction.
Norman Brown served with the Fifth Battalion of the DLI from the outbreak of war in 1914 until 1922 and rose to the rank of Lance Corporal before returning to civilian life.
The soldier was mentioned in Despatches several times, survived the war despite suffering a gas attack and a shrapnel hit to the helmet in France.
Following his years in the Army, Mr Brown served as Mayor of Stockton.
Medals awarded for his wartime service and personal items related to the DLI will be going under the hammer during the three-day Anderson & Garland sale in Newcastle later this month (September).
The medals have been put up for auction by his grandson, Geoff Drinkell, who is himself almost 70.
Mr Drinkell, who lives in Heddon-on-the-Wall, Northumberland, said: “Unfortunately, I have no one to pass my grandfather’s medals onto, and I really want them to go to a good home where they will be appreciated, looked after, and where their importance in our history is understood.
“My grandfather, who died in 1963, was President of the Stockton and District DLI Association, and as well as his distinguished military career, he and my grandmother were important figures in Stockton’s civic life.”
The lot going under the hammer includes Mr Brown’s Military Medal, 1914-15 star, Victory medal with clasp, War medal, and 1953 Coronation medal.
Mr Brown served as Stockton’s Mayor, and his wife Lilian was headmistress of the town’s Mill Lane First School.
The Fine Art and Antiques Sale takes place at Anderson and Garland in Westerhope from September 17 to 19. Visit www.andersonandgarland.com
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