A Collection of Medals to the 42nd Highlanders and 73rd Foot (Black Watch)

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Date of Auction: 28th February 2018

Sold for £600

Estimate: £600 - £800

A Great War 1916 ‘Mesopotamian theatre’ D.C.M. awarded to Company Sergeant Major A. Milligan, 2nd Battalion, Royal Highlanders, who served with the Battalion from 1914 all the way through to the Armistice

Distinguished Conduct Medal, G.V.R. (204 Pr. Sjt: A. Milligan. 2/R. Hdrs) good very fine £600-800


D.C.M. London Gazette 15 April 1916:

‘For conspicuous gallantry. Serjeant-Drummer Simpson and Serjeant Milligan maintained the supply of ammunition during an action, and showed great indifference to danger.’

Alexander Milligan served during the Great War with the 2nd Battalion, Royal Highlanders in the French theatre of war from 12 October 1914. He served with the Battalion all the way through the war to the Armistice, 11 November 1918.

Milligan left France with the Battalion in November 1915, and served with them in the Mesopotamian theatre of war from January 1916. He initially served as Pioneer Sergeant with Battalion Headquarters, and the Battalion were engaged at Shaikh Said, Wadi and Hanna. Milligan subsequently served as Company Sergeant Major with No. 1 Company on the Palestine front from January 1918.