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Military Cross group and plaque – Royal Engineers.


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Military Cross group and plaque – Royal Engineers.

A Great War Military Cross , pair and Memorial Plaque awarded to 56th Field Company, Royal Engineers, Military Cross for ‘conspicuous gallantry’ during a bombing attack upon a village, which was captured from the enemy and then held in the face of a counter-attack, but was killed in action on 6 August 1918;

Military Cross (Geo V) in box of issue, British War and Victory Medals,Major A.W. Gordon.;Memorial Plaque, Alec William Gordon.

Captain Alec William Gordon, of 30 Evelyn Mansions, Carlisle Place, London, was born on 22 June 1895, most likely in India, the son of Webster Boyle Gordon and Rose Ethel Gordon (née Pitcher), of Kinsale, Ireland.

He passed out from the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, and received his commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Royal Engineers on 11 August 1914, serving in France and Flanders with the 56th Field Company, Royal Engineers from 2 April 1915. At the rank of Lieutenant, he was awarded the Military Cross.

Military Cross – London Gazette, 20 October 1916

‘For conspicuous gallantry in action. He organised a bombing attack, assisted in capturing two machine guns, cleared the village of snipers, and repulsed a counter-attack from a building, which he put in a state of defence. Later, by his skilful handling of troops, he prevented the enemy from counter-attacking a captured village.’

Having reached the rank of Acting Major, he was killed in action on 6 August 1918.

He was also entitled to a 1914-15 Star

He is buried at Sandpits British Cemetery, Fouquereuil, France.

Condition – GVF, and toned, MC box worn and dirty.