The medals of a city schoolboy who became one of the greatest flying aces of the First World War have raised £36,000 at auction.

More than 10 of Air Commodore Philip Fullard's medals including his CBE, Military Cross and Air Force Cross went on auction at Noonans in Mayfair, London, yesterday.

The final price was significantly short of the £60,000 estimate placed on the accolades prior to the sale.

A planned second listing of Mr Fullard's extremely rare Aero Club of America Medal for Honour and Merit was included in the same lot as the other medals on the day.

Norwich Evening News:

During an eight-month stint on the Western Front, Mr Fullard became the seventh-highest scoring British Ace with 40 victories.

This came after he had reputedly turned out for a war-weakened Norwich City second string.

Norwich Evening News:

On November 17, 1917 he suffered a compound fracture of his right leg while playing football for his squadron against a team from an army battalion resting nearby.

The 20-year-old patrol leader, who had escaped serious injury in countless combats during 250 hours of flying over the battle zone, was carried off to hospital never to return to front-line action.