Orders, Decorations and Medals (8 September 2015)

Date of Auction: 8th September 2015

Sold for £900

Estimate: £800 - £1,000

A Great War M.C. group of seven awarded to Major H. G. Fry, Royal Engineers

Military Cross, G.V.R., unnamed as issued; 1914-15 Star (2 Lieut. H. G. Fry, R.E.); British War and Victory Medals, M.I.D. oak leaf (Major H. G. Fry); 1939-45 Star; Defence and War Medals 1939-45, good very fine (7) £800-1000

Footnote

M.C. London Gazette 27 July 1916:

‘For conspicuous gallantry during a raid. When a bomb fell at his feet in the enemy’s trench, he at once threw it over the parapet, thus saving casualties. On leaving the trench he cut out a man who was caught on the wire, and finally, under very heavy fire, he assisted to rescue a wounded Corporal.’

Hugh Guyon Fry was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Engineers in March 1915. Arriving in France on 29 July 1915, he remained actively employed in that theatre of war until August 1917, winning his M.C. for the above cited deeds while serving in 153rd Field Company, R.E. He was also mentioned in despatches (
London Gazette 18 May 1917, refers).

Returning to active service in France and Flanders as a Major and Field Company C.O. in the period April-November 1918, he added a second “mention” to his accolades (
London Gazette 7 July 1919, refers); sold with copied research, including his MIC entry which states that his campaign medals were issued in 1924.