Orders, Decorations, Medals and Militaria (13 January 2021)

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Date of Auction: 13th January 2021

Sold for £440

Estimate: £100 - £150

Great War tunic ribbons attributed to Captain P. H. Hansen, V.C., D.S.O., M.C., 6th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment.
Comprising Victoria Cross, with the miniature cross emblem, Distinguished Service Order, Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, and French Croix de Guerre, with bronze star, all sewn to a buckram reinforcing strip, very fine £100-£150

Footnote

V.C. London Gazette 1 October 1915:
‘For most conspicuous bravery on 9th August, 1915, at Yilghin Burnu, Gallipoli Peninsula.
After the second capture of the “Green Knoll” his Battalion was forced to retire, leaving some wounded behind, owing to the intense heat from the scrub which had been set on fire. When the retirement was effected Captain Hansen, with three or four volunteers, on his own initiative, dashed forward several times some 300 to 400 yards over open ground into the scrub under a terrific fire, and succeeded in rescuing from inevitable death by burning no less than six wounded men.’


D.S.O. London Gazette 16 September 1918:
‘For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He volunteered to carry out a reconnaissance, and brought back valuable information obtained under heavy artillery and machine-gun fire, which had been unprocurable from other sources. Throughout he did fine work.’


M.C. London Gazette 29 October 1915:
‘For conspicuous gallantry at Suvla Bay on 9th September, 1915. He made a reconnaissance of the coast, stripping himself and carrying only a revolver and a blanket for disguise. He swam and scrambled over rocks, which severely cut and bruised him, and obtained some valuable information and located a gun which was causing much damage. The undertaking was hazardous. On one occasion he met a patrol of 12 Turks who did not see him, and later a single Turk whom he killed. He returned to our lines in a state of great exhaustion.’