Family at war as hero’s medal sold

Her choice.

Not nice for his parents, but the Elizabeth Cross was hers to do with as she sees fit, regardless of what we might think.
I bet she was ****ing gutted that it resold for 5 times that. At the end of the day, widows have been moving on and selling their deceased husbands stuff for centuries
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.
I can understand widows selling stuff on if there's no other family member to pass it onto, but while other family members are still alive and kicking it seems a bit off.

Still, as you say, it's her choice. Still makes me a bit sad that she values a gift from the Monarch in memory of her dead husband as worth 500 quid...
It was hers, not his family's. There's no outrage here, she should have sold it to a specialist collector and she would have made a bit more.
It was hers to do with as she wished.

Ex Toms have been flogging their bling for years.
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.
Might have gone better at a specialist auction, with suitable provenence.
No quote from the widow other than it was hers to sell (which is was).

We don't know the lady's personal circumstances and she may have been in dire need of funds.
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.
The cynic in me wonders if the fact that this issue seems to have been brought to light by his parents could say something about the relationship between his parents and his widow.
Poor form but her right.
Why is it poor form? You - and all of us - know nothing of (a) her circumstances and (b), her relationship with the in-laws!

the medal was hers to do what she wanted with and if she had thrown it in the bin, that was for her to choose and no-one else.
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.


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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.
The widow had only been wife for a very short time, Mum had been the lads Mum all his life...she should have been offered first refusal.

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