Lot Archive


№ 1274


17 September 2004

Hammer Price:

A Second World War M.M. group of seven to Warrant Officer J. Boyd, Highland Light Infantry

Military Medal, G.VI.R. (3315126 W.O.Cl.2 J. Byod (sic), H.L.I.); 1939-45 Star; France and Germany Star; Defence and War Medals; Efficiency Medal, G.VI.R., 1st issue, Territorial (W.O.Cl.2, M.M., H.L.I.); Cadet Forces Medal, E.II.R. (J. Boyd), note incorrect spelling of surname on M.M., good very fine and better (7) £700-800

M.M. London Gazette 5 April 1945. Recommendation states: ‘C.S.M. Boyd, J was on 30 Dec. 44 C.S.M. of ‘B’ Coy. when a hy attack with full arty sp was mounted by the enemy against our posns in Tripsrath and Dorset Wood. C.S.M. Boyd’s coy was in Tripsrath, and at an early stage in the battle, which began before daylight, it was found that Coy H.Q. had been surrounded by the enemy although other pl localities in the village were holding out. During the enemy attack on his Coy H.Q., this W.O. performed his duties in a very brave manner under most difficult conditions. Throughout the engagement, he displayed a high degree of coolness, was always reliable, and showed a complete disregard of his personal safety in performing the tasks that fell to him. When the enemy were just outside the windows of Coy H.Q. and actually assaulting the building with grenades, C.S.M. Boyd was everywhere in evidence; strengthening the defences; and organising the redistribution and replenishment of amn. while under extremely close and automatic fire. His absolute reliability in carrying out orders during all stages of the battle, his ability in reorganising the defences while at the same time taking a very active part in the fighting, and his cheerfulness and bearing in the face of danger were a splendid example to the men, and assisted greatly in the defeat of the enemy. During an action which lasted for more than twenty four hours, before the village was finally cleared, C.S.M. Boyd’s devotion to duty was worthy of the highest praise.’ Sold with copied research.