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20 August 2020

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The Jack Webb Collection of Medals and Militaria

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20 August 2020

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The City of London Imperial Volunteers tribute medallion awarded to Captain B. C. Green, 7th Middlesex (London Scottish) Rifle Volunteers and City of London Imperial Volunteers, later Lieutenant-Colonel, 14th Battalion (London Scottish), London Regiment, who was Mentioned in Despatches in both the Boer War and the Great War, was wounded in 1914, and was appointed a Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George

City of London Imperial Volunteers for South Africa 1899-1900 Medallion, 76mm, bronze, the obverse featuring a seated female figure with sword, presenting the freedom of the city to a uniformed man in the City Imperial Volunteers, the reverse featuring the radiant sun of the British Empire shining behind a hill which is surmounted by a tall staff flying the Union Flag and C.I.V. Flag, guarded by two guns, the edge inscribed in large capitals ‘B. C. Green, Captain. C.I.V.’, very fine £240-£280

This lot was sold as part of a special collection, The Jack Webb Collection of Medals and Militaria.

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C.M.G. London Gazette 23 June 1915.

Bernard Charles Green was born in Paddington in 1866 and was educated at Bedford Grammar School, later becoming a medical student. He joined the 7th Middlesex (London Scottish) Rifle Volunteers, serving with their City Imperial Volunteers detachment in South Africa during the Boer War, the City Press stating of him: ‘Leader of the London Scottish contingent is Lieutenant B. C. Green, a student at Barts. He has already seen active service as a volunteer in India’ - the London Scottish Gazette of December 1900 mentions his participation in the Hunza Naga expedition of 1891.

Green served as a Lieutenant in “H” Company of the Infantry Battalion, C.I.V. and was awarded a Q.S.A. with 4 clasps. After the disbandment of the C.I.V., he served again in South Africa from 23 March 1901 as a Captain in the Volunteer Service Company attached Gordon Highlanders, receiving the K.S.A. with 2 clasps. For his services in South Africa he was Mentioned in Despatches (
London Gazette 10 September 1901).

Green was awarded the Territorial Decoration in 1913 (
London Gazette 20 June 1913) while serving as Major with the 14th (County of London) Battalion, London Regiment (London Scottish) and served with them during the Great War on the Western Front from 15 September 1914. He was wounded by shrapnel in the left shoulder and deltoids on 31 October 1914, was Mentioned in Despatches (London Gazette 22 June 1915), and was created a Companion of the Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George. Returning to the front he was repatriated suffering from pneumonia in 1916 on H.M. Hospital Ship Asturias. Demobilised on 9 September 1919, he relinquished his commission on 14 July the same year and died in 1925.