Orders, Decorations and Medals (8 September 2015)

Date of Auction: 8th September 2015

Sold for £1,700

Estimate: £1,600 - £1,800

A Great War M.C. and Bar group of five awarded to Captain W. H. Blackburn, Royal Engineers

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


M.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.