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

Date of Auction: 3rd December 2020

Sold for £2,400

Estimate: £1,400 - £1,800

A Great War ‘Kut al Amara’ D.C.M. group of four awarded to Corporal Albert Dixon, 1st Battalion, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, who died of wounds received whilst winning his D.C.M.

Distinguished Conduct Medal, G.V.R. (8037 Cpl. A. Dixon. 1/O. & B.L.I.); 1914-15 Star (8037 Cpl. A. Dixon. Oxf: & Bucks: L.I.); British War and Victory Medals, with small second type oak leaf (8037 Cpl. A. Dixon. Oxf. & Bucks. L.I.) good very fine (4) £1,400-£1,800

Footnote

D.C.M. London Gazette 22 January 1916:

‘For conspicuous gallantry at Kut-al-Amara (Mesopotamia) on the 28th September 1915. Although wounded, he continued to lead and encourage his section with great determination until the evening when the fight closed.’

Six D.C.M.’s were awarded to the battalion that day.

M.I.D. London Gazette 5 April 1916 (Sir John Nixon’s despatch. Operations to Kut-al-Amara, 28th September 1915).

Albert Edward Dixon was born at Stoke Mandeville, Buckinghamshire, and enlisted at Aylesbury. He served with the 1st battalion in Mesopotamia from 5 December 1914, and died of his wounds on 14 October 1915. He is buried in Basra War Cemetery, Iraq.