Orders, Decorations, Medals and Militaria (5 April 2006)

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Date of Auction: 5th April 2006

Sold for £1,300

Estimate: £1,000 - £1,200

A Great War ‘Western Front’ M.M. and ‘Italian Front’ Bar group of three to Acting Warrant Officer Class 2 W. Littlewood, 12th Battalion Durham Light Infantry

Military Medal, G.V.R. and Second Award Bar (300920 Cpl., 12/Durh. L.I.); British War and Victory Medals (300920 A.W.O. Cl.2, Durh. L.I.), together with riband bar, nearly extremely fine (3) £1000-1200

Footnote

M.M. London Gazette 14 January 1918.

Bar to M.M. London Gazette 29 March 1919.

Sold with citations for the above:

M.M. 300920 Corporal, D.L.I., dated 16 October 1917 (Third battle of Ypres) ‘For gallantry and devotion to duty during the operations. This N.C.O. when his seniors had become casualties, took charge of a platoon, and encouraging the men by his own personal example, succeeded in getting the stores they were carrying up to their destination. On the first day of the operations he made three separate journeys to the final objective with supplies, etc., and brought back wounded with him every time. These journeys were made over ground swept by very heavy shell fire’.

Bar to M.M. 300920 Sergeant, 12th Battalion D.L.I., dated 26 November 1918 (Final advance in Italy) ‘At the forcing of the River Piave on the 27th Oct. 1918 and during subsequent actions, this N.C.O. showed fine courage and powers of leadership. He took over the duties of Sergt.-Major after the C.S.M. was wounded, and by his untiring energy and dauntless courage was the greatest assistance to the one remaining Officer throughout the battle’.