• 1/3rd Gurkha Rifles Military Cross Group

    A very rare Burma Operations Military Cross group awarded to Jemadar Sherbahadur Thapa, 1st Battalion 3rd Queen Alexandra's Own Gurkha Rifles for sustained acts of gallantry over a two-year period.

    The group consists of the following:

    Indian Independence Medal 1947 correctly named (officially impressed Indian issue) to IO. 48482 Jemdr Sherbahadur Thapa 1-3 GR.

    Military Cross GVI - un-named as issued but dated '1946' on the reverse lower limb of the cross.

    1939-1945 Star - correctly named (officially impressed Indian issue) to IO. 48482 Jemdr Sherbahadur Thapa 3 GR

    Burma Star - correctly named (officially impressed Indian issue) to IO. 48482 Jemdr Sherbahadur Thapa 3 GR

    British War Medal - correctly named (officially impressed Indian issue) to IO. 4848 (note missing digit) Jemdr Sherbahadur Thapa 3 GR

    India Service Medal - correctly named (officially impressed Indian issue) to IO. 48482 Jemdr Sherbahadur Thapa 3 GR

    Medals are 'court-mounted' and possess a brooch pin on the reverse for wearing.

    Note: the Gurkha Museum, Winchester, confirms that only 18 Military Crosses were awarded during the Second World War to officers of the 1st Battalion 3rd Gurkha Rifles:

    British Officers - 7

    Gurkha Officers - 10 (two with bars)

    Indian Army Medical Corps Officer(attached) - 1

    Sherbahadur Thapa, an inhabitant of the village of Awdhigaht Gaija in Palpa, Nepal served with the 1st Battalion, 3rd Queen Alexandra's Own Gurkha Rifles. On 27th April 1944 he was promoted from the ranks to the rank of Jemadar (Viceroy's Commissioned Officer). The award of a Military Cross, a periodical award, was announced in the London Gazette on 6th June 1946 (page 46/2738) for his services in Burma in 1943-45 when the 1/3rd Gurkha Rifles served in 99th Indian Infantry Brigade, forming part of 17th Indian Division.

    Recommended for the award of the Military Cross on 29 October 1945, Thapa's citation reads as follows:

    'Jemadar Sherbahadur Thapa first distinguised himself during the attack on KGALZANG, Fort WHITE in October 1943. Then a Havildar, he took over command of his platoon when the Jemadar had been wounded and led three successive attacks against the enemy position. His was the only platoon to penetrate the wire and he was never dislodged from this position.

    In November 1943 when his company was surrounded and cut off in the TIDDUM area, Jemadar Thapa put in a most spirited assault on an enemy position dominating the area and drove them off, he then remained in position giving covering fire while the company withdrew. In April 1944 at SENGMAL when his company was heavily attacked Jemadar Thapa was ordered to counter attack. He personally let two sections out of the perimeter and charged a large party of enemy forming up for another assault and completely routed them by the speed and daring of his assault.

    During May, June and July 1944 Jemadar Thapa carried out a number of most successful patrols. On one occasion when well behind the Jap lines he ambushed a Jap mule convoy killing 10 mules and 8 Japs. In another he carried out a reconnaissance of a strong enemy position. So accurate was the information he brought back that a subsequent Brigade attack was planned largely on the results of his patrol. On this occasion his patrol report was sent to the Army Commander as a perfect example of first class patrolling.

    On 22 March 1945 at NYAUNGBINTHA in the MEIKTILA area, his company while attacking a village, came under intense fire from a large house on the flank of the company. Jemadar Thapa was despatched to deal with this new threat. Through heavy fire Jemadar Thapa let his platoon to within 50 yards of the house, where the advance was checked by two Light Machine Guns firing from upper windows. Ordering his men to take cover he stood up and directed the fire of his PIAT, M91A and 2 inch mortars at point blank range into the upper rooms of the house, silencing the LMGs and completely clearing up the situation.

    At PYAWBWE on 10 April 1945 his platoon killed over 40 Japs in a sharp engagement. At PYINBONGYI his platoon cleared a village in a short sharp battle. In the last house of the village, as dusk was falling, 12 Japs remained. Jemadar Thapa determined to finish the battle in daylight was the first to enter the house and hurling grenades in front of him played a big part in clearing up this last resistance. In July 1945 Jemadar Thapa carried out two platoon patrols into TAUNGGYI and again demonstrated his great powers of leadership. During all his war service Jemadar Sherbahadur Thapa has proved himself a leader of exceptional ability. As a patrol commander on tasks requiring determination and initiative, he has excelled. In attack he has always shown lion hearted courage, and a complete disregard for his own safety'.

    As stated, the award of Thapa's well-earned MC was announced in the Supplement to the London Gazette on 6 June 1946:

    'War Office, 6th June 1946

    The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Burma: -

    The Military Cross

    Jemadar SHERBAHADUR THAPA (48482. IO), 3rd Queen Alexandra's Own Gurkha Rifles, Indian Army'

    Jemadar Sherbahadur Thapa remained with the Indian Army following the partition of India. It appears he left the service around 1958 when his name no longer appears in army lists.

    Group is accompanied by copies of the London Gazette and recommendation/citation (WO 373/43).

    A superb and very rare gallantry group to one of the 'bravest of the brave'.

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    Condition: GVF/GVF+ Contact marks to the MC.

    P.O.A. (id: dw-114)

  • Grenadier Guards Military Medal Group

    First World War Military Medal (MM) Trio awarded to Private Charles Hiscock, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards.

    George V Military Medal correctly named to 29542 Pte C.H. Hiscock 1/G. Gds

    British War Medal correctly named to 29542 Pte C.H. Hiscock G. Gds

    Victory Medal correctly named to 29542 Pte C.H. Hiscock G. Gds

    MM trio is accompanied by copies of his Medal Index Cards, which show that Hiscock was only entitled to the War and Victory Medals and that he was awarded his MM for courage whilst on active service in France.

    In addition, there is also a copy of the London Gazette, dated 14 May 1919, announcing the award of Hiscock's MM.

    Note: Private Hiscock received his MM for gallantry displayed whilst his battalion, and the Guards Division as a whole, pierced the Hindenburg Line in September 1918.

    The group is mounted for display with a large Grenadier Guards Royal Cipher badge.

    The MM is in NEF+ condition.

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    Condition: Overall condition of trio GVF+

    £565.00 (id: dw-40)