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

Date of Auction: 8th December 2016

Sold for £500

Estimate: £500 - £600

A Great War ‘Ypres’ 1917 M.C. pair awarded to Lieutenant J. Agnew, Lancashire Fusiliers

Military Cross, G.V.R., unnamed as issued, in case of issue; British War Medal 1914-20 (Lieut. J. Agnew.) together with the recipient’s miniature awards, these additionally including the Victory Medal, about extremely fine (2) £500-600


M.C. London Gazette 26 September 1917:
‘For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. Although shot through the knee, he continued to advance and lead his men to their objective- a distance of some 4,000 yards. He was then again wounded and had to return, being wounded a third time on his way back. Although his wounds were serious, he refused to take a stretcher, in order that more serious cases might be dealt with He set a splendid example of pluck and unselfishness.’

John Agnew served during the Great War with the 2/5th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers, and was promoted temporary Lieutenant on 1 July 1917. He was awarded his Military Cross for gallantry at Ypres on 31 July 1917.

Note: Although there is only one ‘Lieutenant J. Agnew’ on the roll for the British War Medal, the location of the recipient’s Victory Medal is unknown.