Orders, Decorations, Medals and Militaria (3 December 2020)

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Date of Auction: 3rd December 2020

Sold for £1,400

Estimate: £800 - £1,200

A Great War ‘Western Front’ M.C. group of four awarded to Captain C. A. Windham, Norfolk Regiment, late 2nd County of London Yeomanry (Westminster Dragoons)

Military Cross, G.V.R., unnamed as issued; 1914-15 Star (1853 Pte. C. A. Windham 2-Co. of Lond. Y.); British War and Victory Medals (Capt. C. A. Windham.) good very fine (4) £800-£1,200

Footnote

M.C. London Gazette 22 September 1916:
‘For conspicuous gallantry in action. When the attack was held up, he organised the position with great coolness under heavy shell and machine-gun fire. He also led his men in a successful attack with the bayonet on two enemy lines of trenches, and was the first man in on both occasions.’


Charles Ashe Windham was born in Lorne, Manitoba, Canda, on 28 April 1890, the son of Reginald Windham, and the grandson of Lieutenant-General Sir Charles Windham, K.C.B., the ‘Hero of the Redan’. He attested for the 2nd County of London Yeomanry (Westminster Dragoons) and served with them during the Great War in Egypt from 5 November 1914. Commissioned Second Lieutenant in the Norfolk Regiment on 25 March 1915, he served with them on the Western Front, was awarded the Military Cross, and held the rank of acting Captain in July 1916. Subsequently employed as a 2nd Class Assistant Instructor at a Convalescent Hospital, he transferred to the General List on 26 April 1918, and was advanced Captain. He relinquished his commission on account of ill-health caused by wounds on 23 January 1919, and was awarded a Silver War Badge. He died on 9 September 1940