A Collection of Medals to The Royal Engineers

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Date of Auction: 4th December 2002

Sold for £620

Estimate: £400 - £450

A rare Great War Railway Company operations D.C.M. group of four awarded to Acting Warrant Officer Class 1 C. J. Whitehead, Royal Engineers

Distinguished Conduct Medal, G.V.R. (109630 C.S. Mjr. - A.S. Mjr. C. J. Whitehead, R.O.D. R.E.); British War and Victory Medals, with M.I.D. oak leaf (109630 A.W.O. Cl. 1, R.E.); Belgian Order of Leopold II, 5th class breast badge, silver and enamel, with crossed swords fitment on riband generally good very fine (4) £400-450

Footnote

D.C.M. London Gazette 28 March 1918: ‘For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When, owing to heavy shelling, a construction train, with about 200 men, was cut off, the line being blown up, he immediately took on an engine, the crew of which had taken cover, and with the help of a Corporal, took three wagons of miners to the point of the break, thus permitting the track to be filled in and the train to be brought in.’

Belgian Order of Leopold II London Gazette 5 March 1920.

Campbell John Whitehead, who was from Birmingham, served in 21st Broad Gauge Operating Company, R.E.