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A RARE EGYPTIAN 1882 VICTORIA CROSS RECOMMENDATION D.C.M. TO A PRIVATE OF THE MOUNTED INFANTRY, WHO WAS SEVERELY WOUNDED WHILST SAVING THE LIFE OF AN OFFICER AT THE BATTLE OF KASSASSIN

DISTINGUISHED CONDUCT MEDAL, V.R. ‘35 BDE 981. PTE J.HARRIS. 2/D OF C.L.INF: 28. AUG: 82.’, EGYPT 1882-89, DATED REVERSE, NO CLASP ‘981. PTE J.HARRIS. 2/D OF C.L.I.’; KHEDIVE’S STAR, DATED 1882.

‘Private Harris, of the 46th, who was one of the Mounted Infantry, and who has been recommended for the Victoria Cross, seeing that Lieutenant Edwards, of the Welsh Fusiliers, was wounded, dismounted, and was carrying him off the field when he received a bullet at the base of the spine ; but he continued to carry Lieutenant Edwards till that officer was in a place of safety.’

D.C.M. London Gazette 28.8.1882. For Kassassin. Served with the Mounted Infantry. Obituary from original newspaper Cutting (included in sale):

Condition VF, a little edge wear from contact on DCM/Egypt but obverse/reverse hardly affected. Letters ‘RRI’ of Harris on the DCM corrected.

Sold with original newspaper cutting, and private Harris’s original Army accounts book detailing family, next of kin and details of award of medals including the D.C.M. for rescuing a wounded officer etc. Only 17 DCM’s Awarded for Egypt 1882, and just two specifically for the battle of Kassassin; see ORMS Journal Sept 2006 for an excellent article on the scarcity of these Awards.

An outstanding group to a man originally recommended for the VC. Scarce to actually know what Victorian DCM’s are actually awarded for. Rarer still to have original paperwork to go with it.

Code J1583        Price £7895