A moment of history: Spink will re-unite the first two Victoria Crosses awarded during WWI, to Lieutenant Maurice Dease and Private Sidney Godley, as part of a unique exhibition focusing upon the tumultuous first four months of the conflict. Recently the subject of a BBC programme, Our World War- the first day, the story of how the actions of Dease and Godley helped hold up the German Army is dramatically told. Both men were subsequently awarded the Victoria Cross, Britain's highest gallantry award.

Using historical items, in which Spink specialises, the exhibition as a whole narrates how the war evolved on land, at sea and in the air. The exhibition covers the beginnings of U-Boat warfare, the first bombing of civilians from the air and the sea, the role of women at the front line, the economic challenges, the use of propaganda and an unrivalled collection of gallantry
awards covering all of the initial actions.

For a different perspective of 1914 visit the exhibition at Spink, 8th - 12th September and 15th to 20th September between 10am and 5pm.


About Spink:

Spink is the world's leading auctioneer of stamps, coins, banknotes, medals, bonds & shares, autographs, books and wine.  Since its foundation in 1666, the Spink name has become synonymous with tradition, experience and integrity. Holder of royal warrants and numerous records for prices achieved at auction, Spink offers an unparalleled range of services to collectors worldwide.  Headquartered in London, with offices in New York, Switzerland, Hong Kong and Singapore, Spink holds over 70 auctions a year.  Catalogues can be accessed through the Spink website (www.spink.com) or via the Spink App for  iPhone and iPad.

For more information, please contact:

Tim Robson
Tel: +44 (0)20 7563 4007

Fax: +44 (0)20 7563 4006

Email: [email protected]