D-DAY:  A 45 COMMANDO ROYAL MARINES UNION JACK BROUGHT ASHORE BY SERGEANT GRAY, ON RED SECTOR SWORD BEACH, WITH HIS BERET AND MEDALS, 6 JUNE 1944 Flag: 36 x 60in (91 x 152cm)

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D-DAY: A 45 COMMANDO ROYAL MARINES UNION JACK BROUGHT ASHORE BY SERGEANT GRAY, ON RED SECTOR SWORD BEACH, WITH HIS BERET AND MEDALS, 6 JUNE 1944
Flag: 36 x 60in (91 x 152cm)

Sold for US$ 7,500 inc. premium
D-DAY: A 45 COMMANDO ROYAL MARINES UNION JACK BROUGHT ASHORE BY SERGEANT GRAY, ON RED SECTOR SWORD BEACH, WITH HIS BERET AND MEDALS, 6 JUNE 1944
A fine collection comprising:
1. A cotton Union Jack battle flag, slightly frayed at edges.
2. An olive green woolen beret with adjustable leather headband, two bakelite ventilation holes and black cloth interior with front mounted, brass Lion, Crown, Globe and Wreath insignia pin of the British Royal Marines.
3. A medal bar with five wartime service medals including a Long Service medal engraved with name "Clr.Sgt C.R. Gray" and serial number "ch24437" and one Royal Marines Gun Battery Inter Departmental .22 League Competition 1945 Runner Up shooting medal.
Provenance: The Mountfitchet Castle Museum, Essex (acquired from the family of Sergeant Gray, at the 50th D-Day anniversary celebrations in Southampton 1994).

This Union Jack served as a Battle Flag on the D-day beaches and was flown by Color Sergeant Gray of 45 Commando, Royal Marines, at Queen Red sector of Sword Beach. Casualties were light, and the Commandos successfully took their objective of the town of Merville and subsequently attacked and captured the town of Franceville Plage on D-Day plus 1. The overall British advance stalled, however, in the face of fierce counterattacks by 21st Panzer Division and the debacle the following week at the village of Villers-Bocage. The Battle of Normandy would continue into mid-July, with heavy casualties on both sides.
Flag: 36 x 60in (91 x 152cm)
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D-DAY:  A 45 COMMANDO ROYAL MARINES UNION JACK BROUGHT ASHORE BY SERGEANT GRAY, ON RED SECTOR SWORD BEACH, WITH HIS BERET AND MEDALS, 6 JUNE 1944 Flag: 36 x 60in (91 x 152cm)
D-DAY:  A 45 COMMANDO ROYAL MARINES UNION JACK BROUGHT ASHORE BY SERGEANT GRAY, ON RED SECTOR SWORD BEACH, WITH HIS BERET AND MEDALS, 6 JUNE 1944 Flag: 36 x 60in (91 x 152cm)
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