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Lot

№ 187

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20 October 1993

Estimate: £700–£900

A North Russia M.C. group of four awarded to Lieutenant A.V. Saunders, Royal Berkshire Regiment, attached 45th Battalion Royal Fusiliers, late 15th Hussars

MILITARY CROSS, G.V.R.; 1914 MONS STAR (229 Pte., 15/Hrs.); BRITISH WAR AND VICTORY MEDALS (Lieut) extremely fine and rare

Sold with original 'Field' citation signed by Major General Ironside, Commanding Allied Forces, Archangel, dated 10th September 1919: ‘The following is the official account of your conduct for which the award has been made: 'For conspicuous gallantry during the attack on enemy battery position at V.P. 441 on the morning 29th August, 1919. This officer with a small party rushed forward, regardless of M.G. fire and bombed an enemy post which was holding up the advance. He then dealt with two snipers’ posts, killing the occupants and behaving all through with great courage and coolness. It was in great measure due to him that the casualties were not heavy. I heartily congratulate you upon the honour which has thus been conferred upon you.’

Arthur Victor Saunders was born on 23 January 1887, and served in the ranks for 6 years, transferring to Army Reserve on 23 November 1911. He was mobilised into Army Reserve for 3 years 178 days, and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant with the Royal Berkshires on 30 January 1918, being promoted to Lieutenant on 30 July 1919, and retiring on 6 May 1922. He served in France and Belgium from 14 August 1914 to 30 September 1918 and was wounded. Saunders was attached to 45th Battalion Royal Fusiliers for service with the Murmansk Command in North Russia. The 45th Battalion had been raised in London in April 1919 and after service in Russia was disbanded in December of the same year. During this short period they won two Victoria Crosses, the second of which, to Sergeant S.G. Pearce M.M., was for the same action in which Lieutenant Saunders won his Military Cross.