Lot 382 (MH212 Two Day Fine Art Sale, 4th September 2018)

Sold for £5,000


Lot details
A World War I and later group of medals, awarded to Leiutenant Colonel Joseph Brunton, Seaforth Highlanders (as Private) and later 12th/13th Batallion Northumberland Fusiliers, 62nd Brigade, 21st Division (later commanding the Service Batallion); comprising: Distiguished Service Order, Military Cross (awarded for actions on the first day of the Battle of the Somme) and bar, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal and Special Constabulary Long Service Medal and related dress miniatures (with additional Military Cross and Bar; together with a Newcastle upon Tyne Police cap badge. NB: Military Cross Gazetted 20th October 1916 ''For conspicuous gallantry during operations. Though badly wounded, he stuck to his company, and by his cheerfulness kept the men well in hand under very heavy shell fire''. Medal inscirbed 'Capt J. Brunton, 12th Batt Northumberland Fusrs, Fricourt- July 1st 1916', first day of the Battle of the Somme. The citation for the bar to his MC appeared in the Gazette of 25th November 1916: ''For conspicuous gallantry in action. He handled his company with great courage and skill, digging in under intense fire. He set a splendid example to his men throughout the operations''. Bar's inscription 'Gueudecourt Sepr 25th 1916. Mentioned in dispatches three times. DSO Gazetted on 1st February 1919: ''For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in the operations near Warlincourt on 8th October 1918. When the Batallion was held up west of the wood he led them forward under machine gun fire and shelling at close range and captured the wood. Although wounded and considerably shaken by a shell which burst close to him, he returned to Batallion Headquarters to report. While he was away the Batallion was driven out of the wood, so he again went up and restored the situation. The success of the advance under heavy fire without a barrage was due to his energy and resource''. Joseph Brunton was born on the 21st August 1888. He was an International rugby player who represented England on three occasions in 1914 and five times in the 1919 victory series. His profession was Chairman/Managing Director of an engineering company. He died on the 18th September 1971. See illustration

 

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Auction: MH212 Two Day Fine Art Sale, 4th September 2018

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