Orders, Decorations, Medals and Militaria (8 December 2016)

Date of Auction: 8th December 2016

Sold for £5,500

Estimate: £3,000 - £4,000

A fine North Russia Immediate D.S.O. group of five awarded to Major A. D. Henderson, Norfolk Regiment, for gallantry during the defence of the garrison at Vistafka in February and March 1919

Distinguished Service Order, G.V.R.; 1914-15 Star (Capt. A. D. Henderson. Norf. R.); British War and Victory Medals, with M.I.D. oak leaves (Major A. D. Henderson.); Russia, Order of St Vladimir, 4th Class breast badge with swords by Edouard, St Petersburg, 35 x 35mm., gold and enamels, manufacturer’s name on reverse, kokoshnik mark for St Petersburg 1908-17 on sword hilts, ‘56’ gold mark on eyelet, mounted as worn, the first with slightly loose centres, otherwise good very fine (5) £3000-4000


D.S.O. London Gazette 15 July 1919 - “His Majesty the King has been graciously pleased to approve of the following immediate awards for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in North Russia, conferred by Major-General W. E. Ironside, C.M.G., D.S.O., in pursuance of the powers vested in him by His Majesty. Awarded the Distinguished Service Order.”

‘Henderson, Archie Douglas, Temporary Capt. (Temporary Major), Norfolk Regt. He commanded at Vistafka during enemy attacks, 28 Feb. to 4 March, 1919. Regardless of personal danger, he was the chief source of strength to the garrison, and by his untiring work and devotion to duty held Vistafka for the column, and thus saved the column from a forced withdrawal.’

M.I.D. London Gazette 11 June 1920 (North Russia - Archangel).