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Lot 89
Captain W.A.White V.C., Machine Gun Corps,

Sold for £ 1,116 (US$ 1,531) inc. premium
Captain W.A.White V.C., Machine Gun Corps,
Memorabilia given to Captain White who won the Victoria Cross whilst serving with the Machine Gun Corps in WW1; An 18ct Gold Pocket watch, engraved on the outside with the Machine Gun Corps Badge, the inside engraved (Presented to 2nd Lieut W.A.White V.C. by the Staff & Employees of the Boiler, Ship, Dock Dept & Ordnance Plating Dept Vickers Ltd, As a token of their admiration of the gallant and brave deeds on the field of battle and winning the V.C. Dec 1918); Another 18ct Gold pocket watch by Sanders & Company London, the case engraved (Presented to Lieut W.A.White VC by the Mayor Sir Charles H.Gibbs. J.P. on behalf of the Inhabitants of the Borough of Lambeth April 10th 1919); A silver card case engraved on the front (Technical School Barrow In Furness Presented to Lieut White V.C. by the Staff, Pupils and Members of the Students Union 19 Feb 1919.). A menu from the V.C. Dinner at the House of Lords on Saturday 9th November 1929, which has been signed by the then Prince of Wales later Edward VIII. (4)

Footnotes

  • V.C. London Gazette 15.11.1918.

    On 18th September 1918 at Gouzeaucourt, France, when the advance was held up by the enemy machine guns, Second Lieutenant White rushed a gun position single-handed, shot the three gunners and captured the gun. Later he attacked a gun position accompanied by two men, both of whom were immediately shot down. He went on alone to the gun, killing the team and capturing the gun. On a third occasion, when the advance was again held up, this officer collected a small party and rushed the position, inflicting heavy losses on the garrison. Subsequently, he consolidated the position by the skillful use of captured enemy and his own machine guns.
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