SMGL-2840 British WW1 Grouping with Distinguished Conduct Medal and Bar to the DCM Award Documents
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A truly superb award grouping with some very rarely seen items.
The grouping includes:
- Distinguished service cross to A. Agnew (awarded September 3rd 1918)
- 1914 star to A. Agnew
- British War Medal to A. Agnew
- British Victory Medal to A. Agnew
- Army Orders Memo or bulletin noting A. Agnew was awarded the Bar to the Distinguished Conduct Medal on March 3rd 1919
- A congratulatory document noting the awarding of the Bar to the Distinguished Conduct Medal with a facsimile stamp of General Rawlinson.
- The original mailing tube to Alexander Agnew which contained both papers.
All the medals are named to A. Agnew with his ID number of 67143
The London Gazette copies will be sent with the set but can also easily be found and presentation copies can be ordered from them.
There were two different medal record cards available through a research service. You will get photo copies of those as well.
The Distinguished Conduct medal was converted to a necklace but can be converted back to standard medal with the use of another silver British medal’s cross bar. A jeweler should be able to do this for a small fee. The owners original DCM ribbon comes with the grouping.
The chain is marked “sterling”, however, due to it’s weight and lack of patina, i doubt that it is.
data.pdf (thegazette.co.uk) This London Gazette Article from March 12th 1919 Lists Agnew as being approved for the bar to the DCM by His Majesty
This London Gazette Article from December 2nd 1919 continues on to list what A. (Alexander) Agnew did to receive the award. “On the 8th October, 1918, near Beaurevoir, he was standing on the battery position on which was dumped about 600 rounds 4.5in. quick-firing howitzer shells. The teams had just driven to limber up the guns for an advance when a hostile shell fell and fired the charges lying alongside the shells. He immediately rushed at the blazing charges and succeeded in putting the fire out before the shells exploded. This example of coolness and gallantry undoubtedly saved the lives of many men belonging to the battery.”
This London Gazette article tells us how he earned the first DCM recognition by basically being a bad ass and holding off an advance single handedly while the rest of his battery retreated.
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