A Post War C.I.E., Second World War C.B.E., Great War M.C. and D.C.M. group of thirteen to Major D.H
Lot 123
A Post War C.I.E., Second World War C.B.E., Great War M.C. and D.C.M. group of thirteen to Major D.H.Currie, Indian Army, late 18th Lancers and City of London Yeomanry,
Sold for £4,700 (US$ 7,533) inc. premium

Lot Details
A Post War C.I.E., Second World War C.B.E., Great War M.C. and D.C.M. group of thirteen to Major D.H.Currie, Indian Army, late 18th Lancers and City of London Yeomanry,
Military Cross, G.V.R. engraved on reverse (2nd Lieut D.H.Currie City of London Yeomanry Nov 21st 1917); Distinguished Conduct Medal, G.V.R. (40031 Sq: S.Mjr:D.H.Currie. L.1/1 City of Lond:Yeo:); 1914-15 Star (1615 Sjt D.H.Currie C. Of Lond. Yeo.); British War and Victory Medal (2.Lieut D.H.Currie); India General Service 1908-1935, one bar, Afghanistan N.W.F. 1919 (Lt. A/Capt D.H.Currie 18/Lncrs.); India General Service 1936-1939, one bar, N.W.F. 1936-37 (Major D.H.Currie.); War Medal; India Service Medal; Indian Independence Medal 1947; Meritorious Service Medal, G.V.R. (40031 Sq:S.Mjr:D.H.Currie. 1/C.Of Lond: Yeo:-T.F.). Mounted as worn. Official correction to initials of IGS 08, generally very fine or better. (13)

Footnotes

  • C.I.E. London Gazette 1947

    C.B.E. London Gazette 1942

    M.C. London Gazette 18.7.1918

    For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He kept his troop in action with great determination and skill for several hours, and held on to an important position until ordered to withdraw.

    D.C.M. London Gazette 4.3.1918.

    For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He took command of his squadron during an engagement when both his officers were wounded and kept them in action as long as possible. When compelled to withdraw he carried out a difficult movement with great skill. He showed splendid leadership and courage.

    M.I.D. London Gazette 3.8.1920.

    Brigadier Douglas Hendire Currie was born on 29.5.1892, served at Gallipoli in 1915. In 1916 on the expiration of home leave , he was sent to Dublin, later the same year he rejoined his regiment in time to take part in the defence of the Turkish attack on the Suez Canal, and for several months was engaged in desert fighting as far as El Arish. He was then sent to the Bulgarian Frontier for 6 months and then onto Palestine. In October 1917, he took part in part in a counter-attack against 3,000 Turks at Beersheba, and (his two officers being wounded) Squadron Sergeant-Major Currie tok over the command of three companies forming part of a mounted brigade, whose orders were to deny the enemy a certain position at all costs. He galloped them across the open under hevy rifle and machine-gun fire, and on this occasion his accoutrements were pierced by three enemy bullets, he was awarded the DCM and promoted "on the field". A fortnight later, at Jerusalem, he was wounded and was awarded the Military Cross. The regiment was then converted into a Machine Gun Corps and brought to the Western Front and, after four months service in France, he was transferred to the Indian Cavalry, leaving for India in December 1918. He joined the 18th Lancers and then 19th Lancers. He went to GHQ in 1939. Director of Recruiting G.H.Q. India 1941-44.
    Military Secretary to Governor General of India 1944-48 Lord Wavell and then Lord Mountbatten, retired 1949. He then returned to Britain from India and lived at Sevenoaks. He died aged 74.


    The lot comes with MID certificate for the Afghan campaign, several photographs and newspaper cuttings and minor buttons.
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