Orders, Decorations and Medals (8 September 2015)

Date of Auction: 8th September 2015

Sold for £700

Estimate: £700 - £900

A Great War M.C. group of four awarded to Lieutenant J. A. Rawlings, Royal Field Artillery, late Army Service Corps

Military Cross, G.V.R., unnamed as issued; 1914-15 Star (T-1597 C.S. Mjr. J. A. Rawlings, A.S.C.); British War and Victory Medals (Lieut. J. A. Rawlings), lacquered, very fine or better (4) £700-900


M.C. London Gazette 10 December 1919:

‘On 2 September 1918, near Clery-sur-Somme, he was acting as a battery leader. It was necessary to bring the battery past a cross roads which was being shelled. Standing on the cross roads himself he took advantage of the intervals between the shells to pass vehicles, one at a time. By his cool courage and resource he undoubtedly saved his battery many casualties. The road by which the battery advanced was strewn with men and horses of other batteries going into action in the same area.’

John Arthur Rawlings arrived in France as a Company-Sergeant-Major in the Army Service Corps on 16 April 1915. Subsequently commissioned 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Field Artillery in March 1917, he won his M.C. for the above cited deeds while attached to A/14th Brigade, R.F.A.; sold with copied
London Gazette and MIC entries, the latter stating that the recipient’s campaign awards were issued in 1924.