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Date of Auction: 23rd June 2005

Sold for £1,000

Estimate: £900 - £1,000

A Great War ‘East Africa’ M.C. group of four to Lieutenant W. D. Duff, 6th South African Infantry, late 1st Mounted Rifles

Military Cross, G.V.R., revese inscribed, ‘Lieut. W. D. Duff’; 1914-15 Star (Pte., 1st M.R.); British War and Bilingual Victory Medals (Lieut.) extremely fine (4) £900-1000


M.C. London Gazette 27 July 1918.

William Dick Duff was born in Pietermaritzburg, Natal on 19 September 1890. He enlisted as a Private in the 1st Mounted Rifles (Natal Carbiniers) on 25 August 1914 and was commsiioned a Lieutenant in the 6th South African Infantry on 11 December 1915. Embarking for East Africa in January 1916, he was severely wounded on 21 March that year. Recovering and returning to duty in November 1916, he was A.D.C. to the General Officer Commanding the 2nd East African Infantry Brigade. Suffering from Malaria and Anaemia in late 1917, he was released from service on account of his poor health on 2 January 1918. Post war, he was a first class cricketer, bowling for Transvaal in the 1919/20-24/25 seasons. Sold with copied service details.