Orders, Decorations and Medals (7 April 1994)

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Date of Auction: 7th April 1994

Sold for £1,600

Estimate: £1,400 - £1,600

A rare D.C.M. and dated bar group of four awarded to Warrant Officer T. McFarland, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

DISTINGUISHED CONDUCT MEDAL, G.V.R., with Second Award Bar dated '15-16th May 1915' (8586 Sjt., 2/R. Innis. Fus.); 1914 MONS STAR (Sjt.); BRITISH WAR AND VICTORY MEDALS (A.W.O.Cl.I.) mounted as worn, polished, therefore good fine and better

Footnote

D.C.M., London Gazette, 30 June, 1916: ‘For conspicuous gallantry and ability in leading his platoon and carrying out, under heavy fire, the duty allotted to him until all his platoon had been killed or wounded. He has invariably shown great courage and zeal in his work, and has always been ready to volunteer for any dangerous duty.’

Bar to D.C.M., London Gazette, 11 March, 1916: ‘For conspicuous gallantry. After his Platoon Commander had been wounded, Sjt. McFarland assumed command, and displayed great skill and bravery in re-organising the platoon and leading it to the attack; later returning for reinforcements, during which time he was wounded.’

Only two bars were awarded to the Regiment during the Great War, this being the only dated example.