The Oman Military Medal awarded to Lance Corporal I.Mclaren, Royal Engineers, attached 22nd S.A.S. Regiment,
Lot 35
The Oman Military Medal awarded to Lance Corporal I.Mclaren, Royal Engineers, attached 22nd S.A.S. Regiment,
Sold for £12,000 (US$ 19,942) inc. premium
Lot Details
The Oman Military Medal awarded to Lance Corporal I.Mclaren, Royal Engineers, attached 22nd S.A.S. Regiment,
E.II.R. (23503296 L/Cpl.I.McLaren RE.). In Royal Mint case of issue. Lightly toned, extremely fine. (1)

Footnotes

  • M.M. London Gazette 30.3.1976.

    Lcpl McLaren was a member of a force based on 'A' Company the Northern Frontier Regiment of the Sultan's Armed Forces operating in the Wadi SHA'ATH on 12-13 March 1974.

    At 1140 hrs on the 13 March 1974 part of the force came under heavy and accurate enemy rifle and machine gun fire from close range. Together with Lcpl Kent and Cpl Wildman of the Training Team, he took up a firing position and returned accurate and effective fire. He and Cpl Wildman withdrew a short distance under cover of Lcpl Kent's machine gun fire to adopt a better fire position. At this stage Lcpl Kent was killed by fire from a second group of enemy. Lcpl Mclaren and Cpl Wildman ran forward with complete disregard for their own safety to recover Lcpl Kent's body and weapon. A third enemy group opened fire wounding Cpl Wildman in the leg, killing a soldier of the Northern Fronter Regiment, and wounding another. Under a hail of fire, Lcpl McLaren and Cpl Wildman were forced to withdraw, but then resumed their efforts to recover Lcpl Kent's body. Despite the accuracy and intensity of the enemy fire they succeeded and carried the body several miles over very rough country. The enemy followed up closely and maintained constant fire on the party.

    Eventually they reached safety and helicopter evacuation was achieved. Throughout this long and highly dangerous action Lcpl McLaren showed qualities of great courage and endurance. His conduct was in the highest traditions of his Regiment and service and well merits recognition by an award.

    The lot includes a number of copy letters of congratulation.

    A total of nine Military Medals were awarded for the campaign, with two given to 22nd SAS the other being to Sgt R.E.Bennett for operations at the Battle of Marbat on 19.7.1972.
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