Gallipoli VC to be auctioned off.


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War hero's medals to be auctioned

Medals belonging to a World War I hero who died alone in a rented west London flat are expected to fetch up to £180,000 at auction later this week.

Major Herbert James had seven medals for bravery including a Victoria Cross for his actions at Gallipoli in 1915.

The medals were discovered by the landlord of the war hero's flat in Kensington, after his death.

Major James, who was originally from Birmingham, served with the Worcestershire Regiment.

The officer's medals, which also included a Military Cross and a French Croix de Guerre with palms, were found along with a Victoria Cross list.

Among the acts of bravery at Gallipoli the valiant soldier was applauded for taking a one-man stand against the enemy's bullets.

Major James lived alone in the flat and did not receive visitors or telephone calls.

The medals, which will go under the hammer on Thursday, are expected to fetch between £160,000 and £180,000.

Christopher Hill, client services director for specialist auctioneers Dix Noonan Webb, said: "We have had interest because of the Gallipoli Victoria Cross.

"Gallipoli has a large following - a lot of people go to Gallipoli now.

"This medal is to the high end of deeds to win a Victoria Cross."
It's always a sad shame that old warriors who would have been the toast of their nation due to acts of outstanding valour should die alone. Maybe it was his wish in his later years?
RIP old warrior, you'll still be an example to generations to follow. :salut:


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Petriburg said:
For a more detailed account, try the Birmingham Post website:

From that account, it would seem that he died in the 1960's...
I did wonder why his name had not come up amongst those of the surviving WWI veterans.
In all likelihood the BBC has been fed this gen in advance of the auction - so much for no advertising.
(30 November 1888 – 15 August 1958)

He was 26 years old, and a Second Lieutenant in the 4th Bn., The Worcestershire Regiment, British Army during the First World War when the following action took place for which he was awarded the VC.

On 28 June 1915 in the southern zone of Gallipoli, when the advance of part of the regiment had been checked, Second-Lieutenant James, from a neighbouring unit, gathered together a body of men and led them forward under heavy fire.

He then returned, organised a second party and again advanced, putting fresh life into the attack.

On 3 July he headed a party of bomb throwers up a Turkish communication trench and when all his party had been killed or wounded, he remained alone, under murderous fire and kept back the enemy until a barrier had been built behind him and the trench secured.

He was later promoted to Major.

Sloppy reporting by the BBC.


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Ok, so I'm fifty years late with the gen !

Still makes me faster off the mark than HM Government.
(Not that it's much of a benchmark.)
Hopefully Ashcroft will do the nation a favour once again!

Its a shame they were not gifted to a museum in his will.

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