A have-a-go hero’s medals will be among the interesting array of lots at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s next collectors sale, on Friday, March 3. They were awarded to Cecil Allen and include, not only his First World War medals and the Special Constabulary medal he earned on the Home Front during the Second World War, but also a British Empire Medal with, unusually, a gallantry emblem attached to the ribbon.

This was awarded in 1959, when Allen would have been in his 60s and was running a newsagent’s in Congresbury, Somerset. On an otherwise quiet working day he was confronted by a man, wielding a knife and two shotguns, which he had already used to fire at a local policeman and pepper a patrol car. Grabbing just a walking stick Allen managed to disarm the dangerous intruder and, although he was stabbed twice in the stomach during the ensuing scuffle, he retained hold of his assailant until police officers were able to run forward and overpower him.
The medal group carries a pre-sale estimate of £300-£400.

Other medals are also on offer in this specialist sale, including a Cabul (1842) Medal to a Taunton-born soldier of the 31st Regiment, and a Great War trio and memorial plaque to a Private of the Somerset Light Infantry, tragically killed in 1915 at the age of 21. These are part of a broader militaria section. Other lots include a Welsh Regiment Officer’s blue cloth helmet in its original painted hat tin; an 1896 pattern 3rd (Prince of Wales’s) Own Dragoon Guards Officer’s sword; and an 1897 pattern sword presented to a sergeant by Officers of the 1st Middlesex Regiment.

As always the collectors sale is also the place to look for coins, stamps, postcards, Dinky Toys and other diecast models (over 100 lots), model trains (170 lots), railwayana and almost every other type of collectable. A fully illustrated catalogue is already available on-line.

For further details, or for free, confidential advice on buying or selling at auction, contact Peter Rixon by e-mailing antiques.saleroom@gth.net or ringing 01823 332525.