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West Midlands auction house Cuttlestones is calling on the local community for information on a lot set to come under the hammer in its Friday, 18th May Specialist Collectors’ Auction at its Wolverhampton sale room.

The lot celebrates the achievements of a local First World War hero, taking the form of a medal for bravery in the field, which was awarded to one Private Ernest Clark whose home address was the Green Dragon Inn in Walsall, a photograph of Ernest in uniform outside the pub and a newspaper clipping – believed to be from the Express and Star – covering his story.

An extract from the clipping reads “Private Ernest Clark of the RAMC whose home address is Green Dragon Inn, Green Lane received the Military Medal for having rescued three wounded comrades and removed them to a dressing station after he had been himself blown up by a shell. He was formerly an Edge Tool Polisher at Messrs Whitehouse Bros’ Works, Bridgetown, Cannock.”

Wolverhampton Auction Room Manager, Tom Waldron, is keen to find out whether any locals have memories either of the Green Dragon Inn or of Ernest himself:

We love it when items with local provenance come through the door and this is a particularly interesting lot. It’s easy to forget that each and every medal has a human story behind it, so many lose the history of the person they were awarded to over time, so it’s great to see an award for such bravery that can be linked directly to a local hero. We’d love to hear from anyone who can help shed more light on Ernest or his home the Green Dragon Inn. Someone in Walsall or Cannock must have memories of this or perhaps even be a descendant of Ernest, so please do get in touch.

Ernest’s medal and its related ephemera is just one of a number of medals and militaria lots that will be up for sale at Cuttlestones’ Friday, 18th May Specialist Collectors’ Auction. Should you have any information that can help build on Ernest’s story please contact Tom Waldron on 01902 421985 or email [email protected].



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