Auction: 18002 - Orders, Decorations and Medals
A 'machine-gun section leader's' D.C.M. group of five awarded to Sergeant R. Crouch, Machine Gun Corps, late South Lancashire Regiment
Distinguished Conduct Medal, G.V.R. (142268 Sjt: R. Crouch. 19/M.G.C.); Queen's South Africa 1899-1902, 2 clasps, Transvaal, South Africa 1902 (6224 Pte. R. Crouch. S. Lanc: Regt.); 1914 Star, with clasp (6224 Pte. R. Crouch. 2/S. Lan: R.); British War and Victory Medals (6224 Sjt. R. Crouch. S. Lan. R.), generally very fine (5)
D.C.M. London Gazette 30 October 1918:
'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in charge of a section. During a counter-attack by the infantry he led his guns forward through a heavy barrage and placed them on the exposed flank of the required position. During a subsequent attack by the enemy on this position he covered the withdrawal of the infantry with his guns and killed many of the enemy, and when compelled to withdraw himself he skilfully withdrew his guns and at once got them into action again. He showed great courage and initiative.'
Robert Crouch, a native of St. Helens, served with the 2nd Battalion, South Lancashire Regiment in France from 24 August 1914 and would have joined the Battalion to assist in their gallant retreat from Mons. He subsequently transferred to the Machine Gun Corps, serving with the 19th Battalion; sold with copied MIC.
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