KENNETH WOLSTENHOLM'S MEDALS FOR WAR-TIME COURAGE AT BONHAMS COINS AND MEDALS SALE


Medals, Bonds, Banknotes and Coins
22 Nov 2017
London, Knightsbridge

The Distinguished Flying Cross and Bar awarded to the famous BBC Sports Commentator Kenneth Wolstenholme during the Second World War is to be offered for sale at Bonhams Medals, Bonds, Banknotes and Coins sale in London on Wednesday 22 November. It is estimated at £7,000-9,000.

During the 1950s and '60s, Kenneth Wolstenholme was the voice of football on the BBC and gained national fame for the phrase, "Some people are on the pitch...they think it's all over....it is now!" uttered at the very end of his match commentary on the 1966 World Cup Final when Geoff Hurst scored the goal in the dying seconds of the game to secure England's 4-2 victory over Germany.

Wolstenholme, who was born in 1920, had already started a career in journalism and joined the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve before the Second War World II broke out. When hostilities started he was soon called up. He took part in numerous bombing raids on industrial and militarily strategic targets in Germany, and German-occupied Holland and France, and was noted for the remarkable accuracy of his attacks. In 1944 he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross which is given for "an act or acts of valour, courage or devotion to duty whilst flying in active operations against the enemy." The Bar to the DFC was added in March 1945.

Bonhams Head of Coins and Medals, John Millensted said, "Kenneth Wolstenholme was one of the most famous voices on radio and television for nearly two decades, but few of his listeners and viewers would have known of his distinguished and courageous career as a war-time pilot to which these prestigious awards are testament."

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