King’s Lynn First World War soldier’s medals go under the hammer

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First World War medals and a rare badge awarded to a Lynn man will be going under the hammer later this month.

Pte Sydney Doy served in the 5th Battlion Norfolk Regiment – immortalised in the 1999 BBC TV film All The King’s Men – and was among the hundreds of soldiers in August 1915 who fought against the Turks in the Gallipoli campaign.

This ill-fated campaign, which ran between February 1915 to January 1916, claimed the lives of 214,000 British, Australian and New Zealand servicemen. Pte Doy survived the attack but was discharged from the army just after the war due to ill health.

Sadly Pte Doy, who was the son of William and Isabella, of Bank Buildings, Lynn’s Market Place, died in 1919 and is buried in the cemetery in Hardwick Road, Lynn.

He was awarded the scarce silver war badge and memorial plaque after his death.

The medals will auctioned by James and Sons in the Maid’s Head Hotel in Norwich on Saturday, February 22.