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Auction: 24001 - Orders, Decorations and Medals
Lot: 187

(x) A Great War D.C.M. group of four awarded to Corporal G. Shanks, 1st Canadian Mounted Rifles

Distinguished Conduct Medal, G.V.R. (106546 Cpl. G. Shanks. 1/Can. M.R.); 1914-15 Star (106548 Pte. G. Shanks. 1/Can: Mtd: Rif:); British War and Victory Medals (106546 Cpl. G. Shanks. 1-C.M.R.), mounted as worn, good very fine (4)

D.C.M. London Gazette 12 February 1919:

'At Sauchy Cauchy, for conspicuous gallantry on the 14th-15th September, 1918. He carried out a reconnaissance of Brick Kiln, which was then occupied by the enemy, and brought back information of the greatest value. Afterwards he led a raiding party in to Brick Kiln, showing great dash and initiative, capturing a light machive gun and securing identification. He later led another raiding party, bombing enemy dugouts and capturing a prisoner. He rendered excellent service.'

George Shanks was born at St John, Nova Scotia on 5 June 1893 and was a farmer by trade upon his joining the Canadian Mounted Rifles. Shanks served in France from 22 September 1915 and was wounded for the first occasion by gunshot to the left hand on 5 June 1916. Recovered, he suffered an accidental broken arm in June 1917 and was wounded by gunshot to the abdomen in the process of winning his D.C.M. in September 1918.

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