Lot 304 (Coins, Medals & Militaria, 9th December 2016)
Sold for £10,000
A Geo. V. Military Cross group of five to include M.C. unnamed as issued, Distinguished Conduct Medal, naming 320660. SJT: F.H. THORNDYKE. 2/6 LOND:R., Military Medal, 320660. C.S. F.H. THORNDYKE. D.C.M. 6/LOND.R., Victory, 2388 W. D. CL. 2. F.H. THORNDYKE. 6-LOND.R. and British war, 2388 W. D. CL. 2. F.H. THORNDYKE. 6-LOND.R. (5)
William Henry Thorndyke (1887-1943) CSM, MC, DCM, MM. 320660 2/6th Battalion London Regiment (Rotherhithe.)
London Gazette 30th July 1919.
320660 C.S.M. Frederick Henry Thorndyke, D.C.M. 6th Bn. Lohd. R. Near Maricourt, South-East of Albert, during the operations of August 27th/28th, 1918, this warrant officer commanded a company in the attack with great skill and gallantry, all the officers having become casualties. With two other men he captured two enemy machine guns with their teams and was wounded endeavouring to capture a third. Throughout the operations on the 27th and 28th he showed conspicuous courage and qualities of leadership.
"For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He showed the greatest courage and determination in handling his platoon throughout the attack. He captured his objective and encouraged his men by his splendid example and disregard of danger."
The Battle of Amiens 1918.
Despite the losses, the 6th Bn. attacked again on 27th and 28th August at Maricourt, after which it took part in what was becoming a war of movement against German rearguards. When the Battalion was taken out of line, total casualties between 8th August and 11th September amounted to 28 officers and 638 other ranks.
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