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Killed Sunderland soldier’s First World War medals up for auction

Medals awarded to Sunderland-born Private Arthur Campbell Stewart, of
the Durham Light Infantry, who was killed in action at the age of 18,
on May 28, 1918.

Medals awarded to Sunderland-born Private Arthur Campbell Stewart, of the Durham Light Infantry, who was killed in action at the age of 18, on May 28, 1918.

TWO medals awarded to a teenage Sunderland soldier, who was killed in action during the First World War, are going up for sale at a London auction house.

The British War and Victory Medals given to Private Arthur Campbell will be auctioned at Bonhams in Knightsbridge on April 23.

Private Stewart, of Eden Vale, was just 18 years old when he was killed during the third battle of the Aisne in France in May 1918.

The death of Private Stewart, who enlisted in Sunderland and served with the Durham Light Infantry, died six months before the war ended.

A report at the time read: “The defence of the Aisne area was in the hands of General Duchene, commander of the French Sixth Army. In addition, four divisions of the British 1X Corps, led by Lieutenant-General Sir Alexander Hamilton-Gordon, held the Chemin des Dames Ridge, they had been posted there to rest and refit. On the morning of May 27, 1918, the Germans began a bombardment of the Allied front lines with over four thousand artillery pieces. The British suffered heavy losses.”

Having no known grave, he is commemorated on the Soissons Memorial, 60 miles north east of Paris, which honours 3,887 servicemen who died during the Battles of the Aisne and the Marne in 1918.

 

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