Orders, Decorations and Medals (8 September 2015)
Date of Auction: 8th September 2015
Sold for £1,700
Estimate: £1,600 - £1,800
Military Cross, G.V.R., the reverse privately engraved, ‘Capt. William Henry Blackburn, 1918’; 1914-15 Star (Lieut. W. H. Blackburn, R.E.); British War and Victory Medals (Capt. W. H. Blackburn); General Service 1918-62, 1 clasp, Iraq (Capt. W. H. Blackburn), good very fine (5) £1600-1800
FootnoteM.C. London Gazette 26 July 1918:
‘For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When in command of his company, he for eighty hours continuously directed the operations in a rearguard action, inflicting losses and checking the enemy’s advance.’
Bar to M.C. London Gazette 3 June 1918.
William Henry Blackburn arrived in France as a Lieutenant in the Royal Engineers on 11 November 1915; sold with medal roll verification for his subsequent award of the General Service Medal for the Iraq operations of 1919-20.