A Good Palestine Military Cross Group to Captain P.J.W. McClenaghan 10th Punjab Regiment, Later Murdered by a Corporal in his regiment.
Military Cross, un-named as issued; British War and Victory medals, Lieut P.J.W. McClenagan, I.G.S, clasp Waziristan 1921-24, Capt P.J.W. McClenagan – 8 Punjab. R. With a duplicate pair of WW1 medals named to him as a 2ndLt. (First four mounted as worn)
Percy John Warren McClenaghan was born in May 1898, the son of Archdeacon and Mrs St George McClenagan, of Letterkenny, Co Donegal.being commissioned in to the Indian Army in April 1916.
He was appointed company commanded of the 8thPunjab regiment in March 1917, seeing active service in Mesopotamia in the period up to May 1918, then afterwards with the Egyptian Expeditionary force. He was serving on attachment to the 129thBaluchis at the time of winning his Military Cross, at the battle of Arara in September 1918.
Advanced to Captain in April 1920, he witnessed further active service in the Waziristan operations of 1921-24.
Military Cross (London Gazette 8thMarch 1919) for Palestine:
“On 19thSeptember 1918, near Sabieh, he led his company with the greatest dash and gallantry, capturing about 200 prisoners and a battery of Artillery, and many Machine Guns. Through his personal gallantry he set a fine example to his men”
Newspaper reports of the Murder of Captain McClenagan:
“Captain P.J.W. McClenagan, M.C. of the 10thPunjab Regiment was shot dead here today by an Indian Corporal. The Corporal also shot and Indian Sergeant dead, and then committed suicide.”
“The tradic death of Captain McClenagan will have come as a shock to his many friends in India, Persia and elseware. On December 9th1930, while on Parade in the Lahore cantonments, he was shot dead by and N.C.O. of his regiment, who had become temporarily insane owing to some trifling grievance which he attributed to the deceased officer.”
Another account states that the Corporal had relieved of his duties in charge of a squad by Captain McClenagan for inefficiency and a Havildar (Sergeant) appointed in his place, He suddenly turned on the Havildar and shot him dead. He then ran across the parade ground and shot Captain McClenagan in the back, other sepoys rushed in pursit and fired at him, but the man stopped suddenly, turned his rifle against himself, and fell dead.
We have found an illustration of the incident in the Illustrayed Police news, dated December 18th1930.
Medals generally NVF