Lot Archive


№ 418


7 April 1994

Hammer Price:

A Second World War M.C. attributed to Lieutenant J. D. Godfrey, Royal Armoured Corps

MILITARY CROSS, G.VI.R., reverse officially dated '1945', in case of issue, extremely fine

The following information was taken from the official recommendation, an official copy of which accompanies the lot, together with an original War Office letter, dated 6 October, 1945, addressed to the recipient's father: 'On 29 June, 1944, an infantry attack was mounted, the objective being an orchard held by the enemy in the area Grainville sur Odon. Both infantry and tanks came under heavy fire and found it difficult to get on. Lieutenant Godfrey lost his tank but realising the infantry were in difficult circumstances, having lost most of their officers, he led them forward under intense machine-gun and mortar fire to the objective. His example and determination ensured that they kept close on the assaulting tanks. The infantry later retired under heavy mortar fire but Lieutenant Godfrey remained attending to their casualties and engaging the enemy. He then went back and secured another tank which he brought back and fought on the objective until it was finally knocked out.'