The Second Gulf War M.C. group of seven to Colour Sergeant D.Perfect, Princess of Wales's Royal Regi
Lot 116
The Second Gulf War M.C. group of seven to Colour Sergeant D.Perfect, Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment, late Royal Tank Regiment,
Sold for £58,750 (US$ 99,804) inc. premium
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The Second Gulf War M.C. group of seven to Colour Sergeant D.Perfect, Princess of Wales's Royal Regi
Lot Details
The Second Gulf War M.C. group of seven to Colour Sergeant D.Perfect, Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment, late Royal Tank Regiment,
Military Cross, E.II.R., engraved on reverse (24877664 Sgt DAH Perfect PWRR), and engraved on lower limb (2005); Campaign Service 1962, one bar, Northern Ireland (24877664 Tpr D A H Perfect RTR); United Nations Medal for Cyprus; Nato Medal, with bar Kosovo; Iraq 2003 (24877664 Sgt D A H Perfect PWRR); Jubilee 2003; Army Long Service and Good Conduct, E.II.R. (24877664 Sgt D A H Perfect MC PWRR). Court mounted as worn. Light contact marks to the second, otherwise extremely fine. (7)

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  • M.C. London Gazette 18.3.2005.

    Sergeant Perfect is employed as a Rifle Platoon Sergeant and Warrior Commander in C Company, The 1st Battalion The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment deployed to Al Amarah, Southern Iraq for the duation of Op TELIC IV.
    Sergeant Prefect has commanded his multiple in numerous contacts throughout the deployment with quiet, unassuming professionalism. On the 14th May 2004 his platoon was scrambled to the assistance of a light roled patrol that had been ambushed near the Danny Boy permanent vehicle check point near the hostile town of Majar-Al-Kabir. Sergeant Perfect's two Warriors were the first to arrive on the scene but were also ambushed on arrival. The vehicle weapon systems failed and so Sergeant Perfect began to engage with his rifle from the turret, despite the exposed position that this required of him and the heavy incoming fire. He ordered the dismounted troops in the back of the Warrior to open the top mortar hatches to assist. The Warrior was hit by a rocket propelled grenade, which knocked onre of the troops in the back unconscious. The other closed down the hatches and began to administer first aid.
    At this stage it became apparent that the vehicle was on fire; the dismounts fought the fire but the fumes from the extinguisher began to intoxicate them. They were struggling to reopen the top hatches to get air and so Sergeant Perfect climbed out of the turret, still under heavy accurate fire which was hitting the sides of the Warrior, to put his weight on the top to allow the catches to disengage. Once he was happy that the crew were fit to continue he returned to his turret, taking a light machine gun with him.
    Sergeant Perfect located the light patrol south of the checkpoint and fought his way through to assist, destroying a number of enemy positions on route. Sergeant Perfect then ordered the vehicle forward to where he could see friendly troops assaulting an enemy position. Providing fire support from the top of the turret with the light machine gun, he assisted with the assault before moving forward to collect a friendly wounded soldier and a prisoner of war. He then returned back to the check point where he re-established control of his second vehicle and a tank which had been sent to his assistance. From here he continued to supress and engage enemy positions for over an hour, opened up and exposed to considerable enemy fire with little regard for his own safety. At this stage it became apparent that his Warrior had lost forward gears and still had an unexploded projectile embedded in the side. He was ordered to withdraw and extracted his vehicle with casualty and prisoner some 18 kilometres back to the coalition force base in reverse.
    Sergeant Perfect's offensive action in going in to assist with the dismoiunted attack, despite the failing of his own weapon systems, almost certainly prevented further friendly casualties. His level headed leadership and disregard for his own safety in the face of heavy incoming enemy fire prevented his crew from becoming casualties themselves. His persistent engagement of enemy targets with a light machine gun from the turret prevented the enemy from reorganising and maintained the initiative with the friendly forces. He set the highest example to his men and deserves public recognition for his actions.

    The lot comes with a copy of the London Gazette for 18.3.2005, a copy of the citation. Box for the MC, various newspaper cutting, official and unofficial photographs. A copy of Barefoot Soldier by Johnson Beharry VC PWRR. A copy of Dusty Warriors by Richard Holmes. A copy of The Tigers Pride of the South Infantry Soldier, a copy of the Southern Daily Echo Feb 28 to March 5 2004. A copy of Army Battle Notes Summer 2007. As well as the Buckingham Palace Investiture Programme for 27th April 2005, the same Investiture that Private J.Beharry received his Victoria Cross, and copied Service Information.

    A total of seven MC's were awarded to the PWRR from 1st April 2004 to 31st November 2004 for service in Iraq. Whilst in the London Gazette of 18th March 2005 shows a total of 13 MC's were awarded as follows: Queen's Royal Hussars-1, Royal Irish Regiment-1, Royal Logistic Corps-1, Royal Weslsh Fusiliers-3, Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment -7.
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