For once I'd agree with one of the Mail comments- pretty poor form from the new owner who paid £500 for it and then charged the parents £2500 to buy it back. Profiteering from that is fairly repellent.
The fact someone sold it back to the family for 5 times as much is shocking! Fair one, get your £500 back... but to make a profit! The girl in all fairness did what was well in her rights, though maybe not the most tasteful thing to do... but hey ho chicks for you!
I suppose it was the first Elizabeth Cross to be put on the market, so an emotional response was bound to kick off. The cross was given to the widow, it was up to her as to what she did with it, and she didn't need to consult the family.
Medals are a commodity, and with silly prices being offered in this time of austerity can we wonder why people sell them.
Flogged my gongs once I got out. Not because I was hard up for cash but because they held no sentimental value to me and people out there are willing to pay handsomely for them.
Medals have a different significance to different people and I doubt the deceased Soldier in question is going to be haunting the wife when she could be be flogging items as a last resort to make ends meet in his absence.
Indeed - the Mail seems to be twisting the facts here to try and make this a bigger outrage story than it really is (would they really do that? A respectable newspaper? I'm shocked, etc) - it wasn't his gallantry medal, it was a medal specifically awarded to his wife.
If it had actually been a gallantry medal, I'd have considered it rather poorer form - but it wasn't.
Correct. It's an award made to Widows, and one that no Soldier can ever receive (unless his/her spouse cops it, of course).
Think how many WW1 "Death Pennies" are auctioned and sold each year, with no-one batting an eyelid. They can be picked up in junk shops, and they're the same thing, it's just that there were a lot more of them.