Highlights at recent Noonans auctions have included a naval VC, a bomb disposal GM and an unique Canadian combination


The posthumous VC earned by a characterful Royal Navy officer went under the hammer at Noonans

Born in December 1883 in Tranmere, Cheshire, Edgar Cookson joined the Royal Navy as a cadet in 1897. According to his service record, he quickly came to notice – unfortunately, for “creating a disturbance at a music hall and using obscene language in the streets” when he was supposed to be confined to quarters.

It was an early indication of the spirit that would go on to yield heroics. Passing out as a midshipman, Cookson served during the Boxer Rebellion and when World War One erupted was serving in the sloop Clio having been promoted to lieutenant-commander.

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