A Collection of Awards for Burma Operations during the Second World War

Date of Auction: 27th September 2017

Sold for £1,000

Estimate: £1,200 - £1,600

A 1944 ‘Immediate’ Kohima operations M.M. group of five awarded to Lance-Sergeant P. Waldron, Lancashire Fusiliers, for his gallantry as a stretcher bearer under fire, during a combined tank and infantry advance against the Japanese

Military Medal, G.VI.R. (3445979 L. Sjt. P. Waldron. Lan Fus.) scratch marks over ‘L’ of rank; 1939-45 Star; Burma Star; Defence and War Medals 1939-45, mounted for wear, generally very fine (5) £1200-1600

Footnote

Provenance: DNW, March 1997.

M.M. London Gazette 22 March 1945:

‘At Viswema, South of Kohima, on 11 June, 1944, Lance-Sergeant Waldron was in charge of his Battalion Stretcher Bearers. A force of infantry and tanks was making slow progress along the road which was under enemy rifle and automatic fire. A man near Lance-Sergeant Waldron was wounded and fell in an exposed place. Accompanied by one other man, Lance-Sergeant Waldron went straight to the wounded man and gave him first aid. A few minutes later his companion was wounded and the remaining infantry took cover. Although under direct fire from enemy positions, Lance-Sergeant Waldron tended both his wounded and placed them in a safe place. Throughout the action he showed devotion to duty of the very highest order. His calmness and efficiency in exceptionally dangerous circumstances were an inspiration to all who saw him.’

Patrick Michael Anthony Waldron served during the Second War with the 1/8th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers in Burma.