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№ 316


27 September 1994

Hammer Price:

A Battle of Romani M.M. group of six awarded to Lieutenant J. Dixon, Royal Irish Fusiliers, late Warwickshire Yeomanry, who was also awarded the M.S.M. for the 'Wayfarer' incident

MILITARY MEDAL, G.V.R. (2201 Pte., 1/1 War. Yeo.); 1914-15 STAR (2201 Pte., Warwick Yeo.); BRITISH WAR AND VICTORY MEDALS, M.I.D. (Lieut.) these both with official corrections; MERITORIOUS SERVICE MEDAL, G.V.R. (310104 Pte., 1/1 War. Yeo.); Serbia, OBILITCH GOLD MEDAL FOR BRAVERY, gilt, nearly extremely fine (6)

This lot was sold as part of a special collection, Medals from the Collection of the late Mike Minton.

View Medals from the Collection of the late Mike Minton


M.M., London Gazette, 21 October, 1916.

On the day of the battle of Romani, 4 August 1916 the Gloucester Squadrons were holding two battalions of the enemy at Hod-Abu-Adi, advancing from Hod-el-Enna, and the Warwicks were ordered to support them. They came into action at Seifanlya, and attacked the Turks who were holding a ridge at Hod-el-Enna (Mount Royston) with three machine guns and a few rifle men. Although inflicting some loss, the advance was checked and at this point Lieut. Stafford and a few men were wounded, but machine guns were brought into action with success, supported by two Troops with rifle fire. At the same time two Troops of 'C' Squadron and one of 'B' galloped round on the right flank, and relieved the pressure on the south side, keeping the situation well in hand until the arrival of the Squadron Leader Capt. Napier, and eventually the position was taken. 2201 Private J. Dixon, 'C' Squadron, stretcher bearer, was recommended for attending wounded under heavy fire.

M.I.D., London Gazette, 1 December, 1916 (Egypt).

Serbian Gold Medal, London Gazette, 15 February ,1917.

M.S.M., London Gazette, 6 September, 1918: '... for devotion to duty on the occasion of the sinking or damage by enemy action of Hospital Ships, Transports and Store Ships.'

On the 10 April 1915 over 750 horses and mules of ist/ist Warwickshire Yeomanry with a strong detachment from the regiment sailed from Avonmouth in the Hired Transport Wayfarer. The ship was torpedoed on 11 April and abandoned, passengers and crew being rescued by S.S. Framfield. As Wayfarer did not sink, the officer in command, Major R.A. Richardson, called for volunteers to go back on board to look after the horses while the ship was towed into Queenstown. As a result of the efforts of this party of two officers and eighteen other ranks all the animals were brought safely ashore after a two-day tow in rough weather. The whole party was mentioned in despatches, two officers received the Military Cross and the eighteen other ranks the Meritorious Service Medal. (Ref 'The Meritorious Seivice Medal', Ian Mclnnes).