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In Pendleton, Lancashire, the news of one such grievous loss came by post in August 1916 to the mother of Ernest, Harold and Edward Stevenson who were all killed in action on the same day in the previous month on July 1 (the first day on the Somme).

Ernest’s 1914-15 medal trio and memorial plaque is now for sale at £1350 with Great War Medals at the biannual Britannia Medal Fair on Sunday, March 19, at the Carisbrooke Hall of the Victory Services Club in Seymour Street, Marble Arch, London.

Bonhams, Morton & Eden, Spink and Dix Noonan Webb are among the 25 exhibitors at this dedicated medal fair, now run by seasoned organiser Mark Carter of Mark Carter Militaria & Medal Fairs.