Lot Archive


№ 494


5 March 1996

Hammer Price:

A Great War D.S.O., M.C. group of six awarded to Major A. E. Carr, Tank Corps, late Imperial Light Horse
Distinguished Service Order, G.V.R.; Military Cross, G.V.R.; Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, 4 clasps, Relief of Mafeking, Tugela Heights, Relief of Ladysmith, Transvaal (728 Tpr., 1-Imp. L.H.) an officially impressed later issue with fixed suspension; British War and Victory Medals, M.I.D. (Major); French Croix de Guerre 1914-1918, with bronze palm, nearly extremely fine (6)

D.S.O. London Gazette 1 January, 1919.
London Gazette 1 January, 1918. The following citation for the award of an immediate M.C. is taken from The Tank Corps-Honours and Awards 1916-19: ‘T.Capt. (A/Major) Alfred Edward Carr, 1st Brigade Workshops. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in the Ypres Salient, N.E. of Ypres. On Septemeber 13, 1917, a derelict tank was blocking the St. Julien-Triangle Farm road. This officer undertook to repair it. He did so the same evening under heavy shell fire and with a burning ammunition dump 300 yards away. He drove the tank off and cleared the road, materially assisting operations.
In the same area, on the night of September 22-23, this officer went out to Langemarck and examined two disabled tanks. He returned to them on the night of 23-24, and succeeded in repairing one tank in spite of very heavy shell fire. A working party was detailed to join Major Carr to dig out the tank but failed to get through a heavy barrage. Major Carr and his mechanics dug the tank out unaided and got it ready for action.
The action of this officer throughout was a combination of great skill, gallantry and determination.’