15th Dec, 2022 10:00

The Militaria Auction

  Lot 747

A Second World War Military Medal group and ephemera, awarded to 5121638 Lance-Corporal James Reed Duffy, M.M., Royal Engineers

Sold for £2,800

Lot details

A Second World War Military Medal group and ephemera, awarded to 5121638 Lance-Corporal James Reed Duffy, M.M., Royal Engineers, comprising: Military Medal, War Medal, War Star, Africa Star, Italy Star, France & Germany Star, and Campaign medal roll paper awarded 8th Army clasp to Africa Star (now missing); also includes Royal Engineers cap badge, original medal box, a selection of military portrait and family photographs, flyer to Eight-Army 'Personal Message from the Army Commander'; letter from War Office dated 8th February 1946 informing Duffy's mother of his approval of Military Medal; original copy of The London Gazette no.36168 second supplement naming Duffy as recipient; letter from Royal Engineers Record Office of condolence on the death of Duffy; another giving his death on 5th February 1945 as 'the result of an accident which occurred in the forward Battle Area'; letters of condolence from Officers and men, the King (facsimile signature); a letter from Buckingham Palace for attendance at ceremony; photographs of grave site; and other ephemera; his father's First World War medals awarded to 21-1069 Private Arthur Joseph Duffy, Northumberland Fusiliers; and other ephemera, silks and items.

Note: Military Medal citation reads:

On the 6th April 1943, Sapper Duffy was one of a minefield gapping party near the Djebel Roumana. The party was subject to heavy rifle and machine gun fire from a range of about three hundred yards, but Sapper Duffy with amazing coolness continued to work his mine detector. Later, his party working on the anti-tank ditch were forced into it by heavy fire, but Sapper Duffy remained working in an exposed position. Seeing that the tapes marking the edge of the gap had been badly cut by the shellfire, he ran back by himself from cover and repaired them so that the tanks could cross. When his platoon officer was wounded he ran back two hundred yards with another supper over ground swept by fire to bring up a stretcher and helped to carry him back to safety. Throughout the operation his complete disregard of danger and initiative were outstanding and a magnificent example to the remainder of his party.


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