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Western Front Military Cross, Russian Intervention Order of St Vladimir , Wounded during the Boer War (Serving in the Imperial Yeomanry (P.O.W. Lindley), three times wounded during the First World War.


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A Great War ‘Western Front’ M.C. group of seven awarded to Major A. M. Bellingham, Royal Irish Rifles, Worcester Yeomanry, Belfast Yeomanry and Middlesex Regiment – later rewarded for services during the Allied Intervention in North Russia

Military Cross, G.V.R., unnamed; Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, 3 clasps, Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal (Lieut., Imp. Yeo.); King’s South Africa 1901-02, 2 clasps (Lt., I.Y.); 1914-15 Star (Lieut., Midd’x. R.); British War and Victory Medals (Major); Russia, Order of St. Vladimir, 4th Class with swords, non-Russian manufacture, silver-gilt and enamel, reverse centre missing and enamel damage to reverse, mounted as worn, contact marks, nearly very fine

Military Cross: London Gazette 16 September 1918. ‘Capt. (A./Maj.) Alan Mure Bellingham, R. Ir. Rif.
‘For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. This officer, though not ordered to take part in a counter-attack, seeing men on the left hesitate to start, led them to the attack under heavy rifle and machine-gun fire, and gained his objective. His fine example of gallantry inspired the men and caused the success obtained.’

Alan Mure Bellingham was born on 21 February 1881, the first son of Sidney Edwin Bellingham who was a brother of Sir Alan Edward, Bellingham, 3rd Baronet. of Castle Bellingham, County Louth Ireland.  Bellingham was appointed War Correspondent for the Dailey Sketch in 1898.

Born in India he attested in Belfast on the 15th January 1900 in the Imperial Yeomanry, when he was 20 years old.

Research notes with the group state he was employed as a War Correspondent for The Daily Sketch (not proven) , he embarked for South Africa on 28 March 1900 and was commissioned on 31 April 1901, serving as a Lieutenant in the 16th (Worcestershire) Company, 5th Battalion Imperial Yeomanry. 
He was captured and held prisoner in May 1900, at Lindley (The great Yeomanry disaster) whilst serving in the Belfast Yeomanry but was released. After his one year service in the ranks he was granted a Commission with the Belfast Company in April 1901. and wounded in action (in three places) at Kleinfontein on the 24th October 1901. Recovering he remained in South Africa until the end of the war.

Bellingham was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the Middlesex Regiment on 4 July 1903 but was placed on Half Pay in October 1906 and resigned his commission in November 1907.

In February 1915 he was listed as a Lieutenant in the Reserve of Officers of the Middlesex Regiment, serving with the 11th (Service) Battalion.

Still with the Middlesex Regiment, he entered the France/Flanders theatre of war on 15 November 1915 and was on attachment to the Machine Gun Corps, December 1915-May 1916.
In May 1916 he was promoted to Captain in the Royal Irish Rifles on attachment to the M.G.C., being advanced to Acting Major on attachment to the M.G.C. in January 1917.
For his services in the latter part of the war, Major Bellingham was awarded the Military Cross.  He was twice wounded during the course of WW1.
He later served in North Russia. In White Russian Awards to British & Commonwealth Servicemen during the Allied Intervention in Russia 1918-1920, collated by Ray Brough, it is stated that Captain Alan Mure Bellingham, of the Royal Ulster Rifles, was awarded the Order of St. Vladimir 4th Class with swords.

The Royal Ulster Rifles Association reports that his Order of St. Vladimir was on the ‘War Office Confidential List’.

Bellingham died on the 19th September 1946, aged 65.

With copied research.