Previous Lot Next Lot

Auction: 18002 - Orders, Decorations and Medals
Lot: 487

(x) A Great War D.C.M., M.M. pair awarded to Company Quarter-Master Sergeant L. H. Colbran, Royal Army Service Corps

Distinguished Conduct Medal, G.V.R. (M2-079630 C.Q.M. Sjt: L. H. Colbran. A.S.C.); Military Medal, G.V.R. (M2-079630 C.Q.M. Sjt: L. H. Colbran. A.S.C.), light edge bruising, good very fine (2)

D.C.M. London Gazette 3 June 1918:

‘For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty while in charge of a heavy artillery ration dump during an enemy attack. When ordered to burn his dump, he said he would rather wait to the last minute, and remained for three days under heavy shell fire, and succeeded in getting all ordnance and other stores away. He issued what rations he had to troops, who, but for him, would have gone without food.’

M.M. London Gazette 16 July 1918.

Lionel Hyde Colbran was born at Bournemouth, Hampshire in 1877. A Motor Driver living in Manor Park, Essex, he enlisted in the Royal Army Service Corps on 24 April 1915 and served in France from 31 March 1916 (entitled to Pair), before being invalided home on 1 December 1916. Having been advanced Company Quarter-Master Sergeant by July 1917, he also gained a 'mention' (London Gazette, 26 December 1917, refers) before being discharged on 12 June 1919. Prior to his discharge, Colbran was injured at Brussels in April 1919, the result of:

'...taking weight of a trap door on his raised hand'.

Sold with copied service papers and other research.

Subject to 5% tax on Hammer Price in addition to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

Sold for