Miniature Medals: The V.C. group of five to Corporal H.May, Cameronians,
Lot 264
Miniature Medals: The V.C. group of five to Corporal H.May, Cameronians,
Sold for £600 (US$ 938) inc. premium

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Miniature Medals: The V.C. group of five to Corporal H.May, Cameronians,
Miniature Medals: The V.C. group of five to Corporal H.May, Cameronians,
Victoria Cross, 1914 Star with Mons bar; Brititish War and Victory Medal; Coronation 1937. Mounted as worn. Housed in a miniature medal fitted box by W.L.Thomson, Medallist Glasgow. Toned good very fine. (Lot)

Footnotes

  • V.C. London Gazette 19.4.1915.

    At daybreak on 22nd October 1914 Henry May was in a platoon under the command of Lt D.A.H.Graham. This Platoon was acting as a covering party in a ditch to hold the enemy in check while the main part of the Cameronians entrenched positions about 700 yards to the rear. This took place on the eastern side of the village of La Boutillerie, France. During this time the Germans who were only 50 yards to the front of the platoon, attacked them in force which resulted in them falling back, but not before the trench digging to the rear was completed. during the fighting L/Cpl Lawton had been wounded, about a hundred yards to the right of Pte. May who quickly ran across the firing line through a hail of bullets. L/Cpl James McCall and Pte James Bell went with Pte May to assist. Pte Bell tok off the wounded L/Cpl Lawton's equipment but he was shot dead as Pte May and L/Cpl McCall tried to lift him off his feet. L/Cpl McCall too was knocked unconscious and Pte May then flattened himself to the ground determined to fight to the last. At that moment he saw his platoon commander, Lt.Graham fall to the ground with a bullet in his leg. Pte.May called Pte.Bell to follow and they ran over to their officer; the two men carried him step by step, zig-zagging as they stumbled on. When they had covered about 300 yards they reached a ditch where Pte.Bell was shot in the hand and foot but they managed eventually to reach safety. Pte.May was exhausted but struggled to drag Lt.Graham a little nearer to safety when Cpl.Taylor came to his assistance. Lt.Graham, who had lost a lot of blood by this time ordered the two men to return to their lines but they disobeyed him. Cpl.Taylor lifted Lt.Graham on his shoulders but was then shot dead. Pte.May by some supreme effort, then dragged the wounded officer to the British Trenches and safety. Pte.May's heroism and utter disregard for safety of his own life was in the true tradition of the holders of the Victoria Cross.

    Private Henry May was born at Glasgow on the 2nd September 1885. Before the war he was a Reservist and on the outbreak of war was called up. He was awarded his VC for the action near La Boutillerie, France on the 22nd October 1914. He was the first Glaswegian to be awarded the Victoria Cross in WW1. On 2nd November 1914 he was wounded by shrapnel during the attacks on the town of Ypres. He was attended to at a base hospital before being invalided home.He was presented his V.C. by the King at Buckingham Palace on 12th August 1915. He died at Glasgow Royal Infirmary on the 26th July 1941, and is buried at Riddrie Park Cemetry, Glasgow.

    Sold with some research.
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