Medals of WW1 Sudbury headmaster and war poet sold
PUBLISHED: 05:30 11 March 2019
The medals of Sudbury headmaster and war poet Robert Smylie, who died at the Battle of the Somme, have sold for nearly £1,000.
The decorations were awarded posthumously to Capt Smylie’s widow Beatrice and were bought by a private collector via online auction site eBay for £804.
The medals were the British War Medal and Allied Victory Medal. Missing was the 1914/15 Star, although its ribbon survived.
Also sold were copies of some of his papers, newspaper cuttings of his death, and an anthology of his war poems and those of Beatrice which she published after the war.
Capt Smylie was born in 1874 in Kings Norton, Worcestershire, now in Birmingham, and grew up in Ballymena in Ireland.
At the outbreak of war he was married with two daughters and was headmaster at Sudbury Grammar School.
He was commissioned in 1914 into the Royal Scots Fusiliers and was killed on July 14, 1916, leading his men in an assault on German positions at Langueval in the second week of the Somme offensive.
He is buried at Flatiron Copse Cemetery at Mametz.