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Lot 122
A Great War D.S.O. and M.C. group of six to Lieutenant Colonel J.H.McCudden, 21st Prince Albert Victor's Own Cavalry (Frontier Force),
Sold for £3,120 (US$ 4,852) inc. premium

Lot Details
A Great War D.S.O. and M.C. group of six to Lieutenant Colonel J.H.McCudden, 21st Prince Albert Victor's Own Cavalry (Frontier Force),
Distinguished Service Order, G.V.R. in silver-gilt and enamel (reverse cypher absent); Military Cross, G.V.R.; Africa General Service 1902-56, one bar, Somaliland 1908-10 (Captain J.H.McCudden. 127/Baluch L.I.); British War Medal (Capt.J.H.Mecudden.); Victory Medal with MID Oakleaf, unnamed; India General Service 1908-35, one bar, Afghanistan N.W.F. 1919 (Major J.H.McCudden. 21 Cavy. F.F.). Very fine. (6)

Footnotes

  • D.S.O. London Gazette 7.2.1918.

    For distinguished services rendered in connection with military operations in Mesopotamia.

    M.C. London Gazette 16.5.1916.

    For conspicuous gallantry when assisting in an attempt to bring in an Indian Officer under heavy fire. He also showed great skill and courage when covering a retirement. He had three horses shot under him during the day.

    M.I.D. London Gazette 12.3.1918; 27.8.1918.

    Lieutenant Colonel John High McCudden was born 31.1.1881 at Gya, India. The son of E.G.J. McCudden an Executive Engineer with the Indian Railways. He was commissioned on 8.1.1901 and appointed to the Indian Army on 7.4.1902, Lieut.1.1.1902, Lieut. 1.1.1903, Capt.8.1.1910. Served in Aden 1903-4 and in East Africa (Somaliland) 1908-10 with the 127 P.W.O. Baluck L.I. as Staff Officer to the O.C. In 1912 he joined the 21st P.A.V.O. Cavalry (Frontier Force) as a Sqdn Officer. During the Great War he served in Mesopotamia being awarded the MC (LG 16.5.1916) whilst attached to the 12th Cavalry. Promoted Major 8.1.1916, DSO awarded LG 7.2.18 also MID 12.3.18 and 27.8.18. Early in March 1918, with the reminder of the Cavalry Brigade, the 23rd Cavalry took part in the operation in the vicinity of Hit and carried out the successful pursuit of Khan Baghdadi and Anah. The result of these very successful operations being to postpone indefinitely Von Falkenheim's plan of a Turkish advance on Baghdad via Aleppo and the Euphrates. Enormous captures of shell and military stores showed that the threat had been a very real one. Shortly after the above operations the 21st, as part of the 6th Cavalry Brigade, took part in the operations in vicinity of Tuz Khurmatli and Kirkuk, driving the Turks across the Lasser Zab River and thus clearing our right flank to enable operations to be carried out against Turkish troops on the Jebel Hamrin and the 7th Cavalry Brigade to reconnoitre the Turkish position at Fathah. During these operation the 6th Cavalry Brigade carried out a very successful charge against a Turkish Battalion on the march, in this charge the 21st sabred 100 of the enemy and captured a further 350. After the war he remained with the 21st P.A.V.O. Cavalry which was amalgamated with the 23rd Cavalry (Frontier Force) on 6.6.1921 and finally given the title of Prince Albert Victor's Own Cavalry (Frontier Force). Appointed Brevet Lt. Col 8.1.1927 he commanded the regiment from 1928-1931 retiring 31.1.1931. McCudden was described by a brother officer as a "an extremely nice person, and very popular with al the rank". When he left the regiment which was stationed at Bannu N.W.F. the whole regiment were at the station to see him off, a fitting tribute. On his return to the UK being a keen horseman he took up hunting in a big way, but sadly did not enjoy a long retirement, as one day whilst mounting his horse to go to meet he suffered a fatal heart attack. A sad end to the life of a high respected officer who was considerate to be one of the best Squadron Commanders during his service in Mesopotamia in the Great War.

    Sold with a small amount of research to include photocopies of Army List pages, LG pages and some letters about him from people who served with him.
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