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WW1 1914 star and bar trio. Wilks. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. KIA Battle of Festubert


The star is impressed to 8309 Pte C WILKS. R. INNIS. FUS. The war medal and victory to 8309 CPL C WILKS. R.INNIS.FUS.

Charles Wilks died on the 19th May 1915 whilst serving with the 2nd Battalion, the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, during the battle of Festubert. He was 29 years old. His body, like so many others was never recovered from the battlefield.

The events of this battle, an attempt to take the German lines on higher ground, are a matter of historical record. The Inniskillings suffered heavy losses, much due to well planned German machine gun fire.

Charles entered the war on the 29th August 1914. He would have seen action from the very start and would have been active during the retreat from Mons.

This poignant group comes with the original long ribbons and 5th Aug-22nd Nov bar. Once sewn to the star and now loose. The pin marks in the ribbons indicate that the medals have been worn or mounted. The overall condition is good very fine.

Charles Wilks is commemorated at Le Touret memorial. France.


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