Orders, Decorations, Medals and Militaria to coincide with the OMRS Convention (20 September 2002)

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Date of Auction: 20th September 2002

Sold for £550

Estimate: £400 - £500

An exceptional Great War ‘Western Front’ D.C.M. group of three awarded to Sergeant A. Wignall, 1/6th Battalion, Manchester Regiment

Distinguished Conduct Medal, G.V.R. (352083 Sjt., 1/6 Manch. R.); British War and Victory Medals (352083 Sjt., Manch. R.); together with an attractive hand painted coloured card, bearing the detail of the recommendation for his D.C.M., nearly extremely fine (3) £400-500

Footnote

D.C.M. London Gazette 5 December 1918.

The following slightly more detailed recommendation than that published in the London Gazette, is extracted from the hand painted card included with the lot: ‘For bravery and initiative as Scout Sergeant during operations East of Colincamps from 14th to 18th August 1918.

On the 14th inst., as soon as information was received that the enemy was withdrawing, this N.C.O. led out a reconnoitring patrol about 2,500 yds. in advance of our line to just West of Serre and brought back invaluable information as to the enemy’s movements. Later he was employed particularly to get touch with troops on the flanks where others were unable to do so. This he succeeded in doing on every occasion and his information was invariably accurate and most valuable. His work entailed his moving about in the most exposed positions, over difficult country not previously reconnoitered and he was subjected to heavy m.g. fire and accurate sniping throughout.’