Orders, Decorations and Medals (21 September 2007)

Date of Auction: 21st September 2007

Sold for £1,400

Estimate: £800 - £1,000

A Great War M.C. group of six awarded to Major R. T. C. Cream, Royal Garrison Artillery

Military Cross
, G.V.R.; Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, 2 clasps, Cape Colony, South Africa 1902 (Lieut. R. T. C. Cream, R.G.A. (M.)); 1914-15 Star (Capt. & Adjt. R. T. C. Cream, R.G.A.); British War and Victory Medals, M.I.D. oak leaf (Major R. T. C. Cream); French Croix de Guerre 1914-1918, with star riband fitment, generally very fine and better (6) £800-1000


M.C. London Gazette 27 October 1917:

‘For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He showed great courage in removing cartridges from a burning building at the battery position under shell fire, and finally succeeded in getting the fire under control.’

Robert Temple Chevallier Cream, who was born in September 1882, appears to have served in the Royal Garrison Artillery (Militia) during the latter stages of the Boer War, in Cape Colony in May 1902. Appointed a 2nd Lieutenant in the R.G.A. (Regular Army) in June 1903, he was advanced to Captain in June 1906 and served in Hong Kong and China 1907-1910. Returning to the U.K., he was appointed Adjutant of the Sheerness Garrison Company in September 1912, in which capacity he was serving on the outbreak of hostilities in August 1914. Cream was wounded in the Great War and, in addition to his M.C., was thrice mentioned in despatches (London Gazettes 1 January 1916; 4 January 1917 and 14 December 1917 refer), and awarded the French Croix de Guerre (London Gazette 29 November 1918 refers).