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Auction: 24001 - Orders, Decorations and Medals
Lot: 146

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The remarkable posthumous C.M.G., 1916 D.S.O. group of nine awarded to Lieutenant-Colonel C. F. G. Page, Royal Garrison Artillery

The Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George, Companion's (C.M.G.) neck Badge, silver-gilt and enamel; Distinguished Service Order, G.V.R., silver-gilt and enamel; Ashanti 1900, no clasp (Lieut: C. F. G. Page. R.A.); Queen's South Africa 1899-1902, 5 clasps, Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal, South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902 (Lieut: C. F. G. Page, R.G.A.); 1914-15 Star (Cap. C. F. G. Page. R.G.A.); British War and Victory Medals (Lt. Col. C. F. G. Page.), with M.I.D. oakleaves; Italy, Al Valore Militare, silver issue; Italy, Kingdom, War Merit Cross, bronze issue, minor contact wear to Victorian Campaign medals, overall very fine (9)

C.M.G. London Gazette 3 June 1919.

D.S.O. London Gazette 3 June 1916.

Al Valore London Gazette 25 March 1918.

War Merit Cross London Gazette 21 August 1919.

Cuthbert Frederick Graham Page was born on 21 January 1880, Newcastle, son of Margret and Professor Frederick Page. Attending Clifton College he matriculated to Pembroke College, Cambridge, and was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant in 4th (Cambridge University) Volunteer Battalion, Suffolk Regiment on 24 January 1900. Commissioned 2nd Lieutenant on 17 February 1900 with Royal Garrison Artillery he was one of four Royal Artillery officer to be seconded as a Special Service Officer to the Ashanti Expedition in 1900.

Upon the end of the expedition, he joined the 97th Company, Royal Garrison Artillery for service in the Anglo Boer War. Promoted Lieutenant on 3 April 1901 while still serving in that role, Page remained in the theatre until the end of the war. After the end of hostilities, he was appointeded as A.D.C. to the Governor of St. Helena, taking up the post in in 1903. Despite this he did return to South Africa to marry in 1904.

Returning to Britain after the appointment he was seconded to the Volunteers as Adjutant of the 1st Fifeshire Royal Garrison Artillery on 23 January 1907. With the creation of the Territorial Force Page was transferred to the Adjutancy of the North Scottish Royal Garrison Artillery, still on secondment, from 1 April 1908. Promoted Captain on 15 March 1911 he attended Gunnery Staff Course on 27 September 1913, a course which was to stand him in good stead during the war.

On the outbreak of war Page returned to active service and entered the war in France on 17 July 1915. He served there for a year, being awarded the D.S.O for his efforts and earning a ‘mention’ to go with it (London Gazette 15 June 1916). Soon after returning to Britian, he was appointed 3rd Assistant Superintendent with the Experimental Staff on 11 March 1916. Here his staff training came into good effect however he was still eager for active service.

Gaining an appointment to the 94th Brigade, Royal Garrison Artillery he landed in Italy in March 1917. Appointed Brevet Lieutenant-Colonel on 2 January 1918 he was given command of a battery in Italy and was awarded the Italian Al Valore Medal in early 1918.

Unfortunately, Page was seriously injured in the final days of the war, returning to Britian he died on 6 December 1919. Buried at Heene Cemetery he was twice further ‘mentioned’ for his services (London Gazette 6 January 1919 and 5 June 1919) and received the Italian Bronze Cross later in the year, he was further appointed a Companion of the Order of St. Micheal and St. George in 1920.

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Sale 24001 Notices
'The reverse of the Al Valore named "Page Cuthbert Frederick Graham" and additional inscribed "Altipiano Carsico Maggio Settembre 1917"'