Lot Archive


№ 455


30 June 1994

Hammer Price:

An 'Old Contemptibles' M.C. and Bar group of seven awarded to Second Lieutenant J.F. Hagarty, Royal Artillery, late 16th London Regiment

MILITARY CROSS, G.V.R., with Second Award Bar; 1914 MONS STAR (986 Pte. 1/16 Lond. R.); BRITISH WAR AND VICTORY MEDALS (2. Lieut.); DEFENCE AND WAR MEDALS; TERRITORIAL FORCE EFFICIENCY MEDAL, G.V.R. (986 Pte. 16/London. R.) mounted as worn, very fine or better (7)

The group is sold with various original documents including Temporary Commission as 2nd Lieutenant, R.H. & R.F.A., 17 August 1915; London Gazettes announcing M.C. and bar; large 'Invalided from the Service' certificate; Mobilization letter; Daily Mail Terrirorials, Sandow Prize 1909, leather purse originally containing 5 gold sovereigns, and other items.

M.C., London Gazette, 26 March, 1917. 'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He organised a party, and at great personal risk succeeded in extinguishing a fire which had broken out in an ammunition dump.

Bar to M.C. London Gazette, 25 August, 1917. 'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in extinguishing a fire in his battery position during a heavy barrage which had ignited an ammunition dump. He was aided by another officer, and their joint efforts undoubtedly averted a serious explosion. He was severely wounded in the operation.'