Orders, Decorations and Medals (12 June 1991)

Date of Auction: 12th June 1991

Sold for £1,500

Estimate: £1,600 - £2,000

A rare George Medal, Lloyd's Bravery Medal group of six awarded to Angus MacLeay, Merchant Navy.

GEORGE MEDAL, G.VI.R. (Angus MacLeay), official correction to surname; 1939-45 STAR; ATLANTIC STAR; AFRICA STAR; WAR MEDAL; LLOYD'S MEDAL FOR BRAVERY AT SEA (Seaman SS 'Thistlegorm', 5th October 1941), very fine (6)

Footnote

George Medal London Gazette 23 June 1942:- The King has been graciously pleased to give orders for the award of the George Medal to:-Angus McLeay, seaman. 'The ship was suddenly attacked by an enemy aircraft. She was set on fire and there was great danger of an explosion. Those of the crew who were amidships lowered the boats but some were trapped aft. These all jumped into the sea except one, Seaman McLeay, who saw a gunner lying unconscious by the poop winch. He took him on his back and made his way along the blazing ship to the Second Mate's boat. Most of McLeay's clothes were burnt and his feet were badly injured. Shortly after he had brought the unconscious gunner to safety, the ship blew up.' Lloyd's War Medal for Bravery at Sea, 20 August, 1942, Sub-Committee recommended award of Medal to Seaman Angus McLeay.