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A Great War D.C.M. group of three awarded to Lance Serjeant J. Calvert, 1/6th Battalion West Riding Regiment

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A Great War D.C.M. group of three awarded to Lance Serjeant J. Calvert, 1/6th Battalion West Riding Regiment

 Distinguished Conduct Medal, G.V.R. (265527 L. Sjt., 1/6 W. Rid. R.); British War and Victory Medals (265527 Cpl., W. Rid. R.) mounted as worn; together with a Yorkshire Field Firing Competition Star, silver, reverse inscribed, ‘Private J. Calvert 6 W.R.R. 1909’.

D.C.M.London Gazette3 October 1918. ‘For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He took a small party and attacked an enemy machine gun party who were firing into our positions, killing one and driving the party off. He was very active in observing the enemy’s movements, and as a result of his observations the company were in readiness when attacked and eighteen of the enemy and two machine guns were captured and a great number killed. He was wounded when patrolling. He set a very fine example, and kept up the morale of the men.’

 James Calvert came from Barnsley, West Yorkshire. He served with the 6th Battalion West Riding Regiment before the war and then served with distinction in the 1/6th Battalion during the conflict. After the war he was a Constable in the West Riding Constabulary. During 1930/31 he was living at Spring Cottage, Walshford, Near Wetherby, West Yorkshire.

With original ‘Second Army’ Army Orders – on which Calvert’s D.C.M. is listed, mounted on card (damaged); ‘Second Army’ Congratulation slip for the award of the D.C.M., mounted on card; No. 2 Infantry Records Office slip confirming the award of the D.C.M.; and a hand-written D.C.M. citation; together with five letters, dating 1930-31, in three envelopes, relating to a case and appeal involving Calvert as a Constable in the West Riding Constabulary.

Medals VF and better.