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№ 37


19 July 2017

Estimate: £900–£1,200

A Great War M.C. group of four awarded to Lieutenant G. M. Gahagan, Royal Engineers

Military Cross, G.V.R.; British War and Victory Medals (Lieut. G. M. Gahagan.); Defence Medal, the first three mounted as worn, together with set of tunic ribbons and portrait photograph, nearly extremely fine (4) £900-1200

M.C. London Gazette 26 July 1918:

‘For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in demolishing railway bridges in face of the enemy and under heavy fire. When the second bridge was fired by electric exploder, only one charge went off. He ran to the bridge, under heavy rifle and machine-gun fire, and lit the safety fuse when the enemy were rapidly approaching, thus successfully destroying it. He and his party had been at these bridges, under heavy fire, for the previous fourteen hours.’

Gerald Michael Gahagan entered the French theatre on 12 October 1916. Sold with copied m.i.c. giving his address in 1924 as Works and Buildings Dept., R.A.F. Ramleh, Palestine.