Lot Archive


№ 534


27 September 1994

Hammer Price:

A Great War and North Russia D.S.O., M.C. group of five awarded to Captain John Mason, Royal Engineers

DISTINGUISHED SERVICE ORDER, G.V.R., some slight enamel damage to wreath and centres a little dep ressed; MILITARY CROSS, G.V.R.; BRITISH WAR AND VICTORY MEDALS, M.I.D. (Capt.); Russia, ORDER OF ST. STANISLAUS, 2nd class neck badge with swords in gold and enamels, by Edouard, 63mm diameter, generally good very fine (5)

D.S.O., London Gazette, 3 March, 1920: 'For distinguished service in connection with military operations in Murmansk, North Russia.'

One of only 14 D.S.O's awarded for Murmansk.

M.C., London Gazette, 8 March, 1919, details 4 October 1919. 'He has on many occasions shown great gallantry and devotion to duty in the early reconnaissance on bridges. In particularly on 24th October, 1918, he reconnoitred the crossing of the Ecaillon in line with the attacking infantry, capturing an enemy post of two officers and three OR's. Again, on the 4th November, while the town of Le Quesnoy was still held by the enemy, he reconnoitred the entrances and the bridges over the moat and railway under very heavy fire.'

M.I.D., London Gazette, 18 May, 1917.

Captain John Mason died on 24 September 1921.