A Great War D.C.M. group of seven to Private L.Pollitt, Cheshire Regiment,
Lot 69
A Great War D.C.M. group of seven to Private L.Pollitt, Cheshire Regiment,
Sold for £3,360 (US$ 5,257) inc. premium

Lot Details
A Great War D.C.M. group of seven to Private L.Pollitt, Cheshire Regiment,
Distinguished Conduct Medal, G.V.R. (1308 Pte L.Pollitt. 1/5 Ches: Regt - T.F.); 1914-15 Star (1308 Pte L.Pollitt. Ches:R.); British War and Victory Medal (1308 Pte L.Pollitt. Ches.R.); Defence Medal; Territorial Force Efficiency Medal, G.V.R. (240075 Pte L.Pollitt. 5/Ches:R,); Russia, Medal for the Order of St. George, third class, numbered on reverse (22157) and impressed on the edge 1308 Pte. L.Pollitt. 1/5 Ches.R.). Mounted as worn in different order. With box for Defence Medal and various WW1 period newspaper cuttings and a Field Service Postcard. Generally very fine. (Lot)

Footnotes

  • D.C.M. London Gazette 30.6.1915.

    For conspicuous gallantry during the night of 24th March 1915, when he assisted in bringing in to safety a Non-Commissioned Officer and two men who were lying in the open under fire.

    The newspaper cutting that accompany the lot state that he was the first Territorial in the 5th Battalion to win a gallantry award, and that a couple of bullets penetrated his hat and one had grazed his face above his left eye.

    He was quoted in a letter he sent home as follows: "It was my name you saw in the paper, I never expected to see it in. we only did what anyone else would do in the same position. It was rather risky we know, but, they wanted bringing in. We dragged three in and the other one managed to crawl in. We were getting hold of the last one (T.Hedgecock), when I got the bullet through the top of my cap. when I got the other one through the peak, we were getting another wounded man out of the trench on a stretcher. We had only got about 15 yards out of the trench when they opened fire on us and I got it. I had to crawl back into the trench and have some iodine put on the wound. It soon stopped bleeding".

    He was from 31 Rutland Street in Runcorn and prior to the war had worked at Messrs. Gossage's soap works.

    A total of 194 DCMs were awarded for WW1, with 4 bars, to the Cheshire Regiment.
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