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Ww1 1914 Mons Star Medal Trio: Stuart 1/gordon Highlanders. Le Cateau. P.o.w. For Sale
A very fine, scarce and original 'Old Contemptible' WW1 1914 Mons Star medal trio (Mons 1914 Star, War and Victory medals) to 9569 Private William Stuart 1/ Gordon Highlanders, Clasp and Roses, Prisoner of War. Stuart was amongst the first men to arrive in France (13th August 1914). Having fought at Mons, Stuart's battalion acted as the rearguard for the B.E.F. during the retirement from the Le Cateau battlefield on 27 August. "The order to retire never reached them and together with two companies of the 2/Royal Irish and a party of the 2/Royal Scots they withstood repeated attacks from massed artillery and two German Infantry regiments throughout the night, allowing the rest of the Division to retire. At 12.30 on the following morning they started to retire but were intercepted by the enemy. . . all but 200 men of the group were killed or captured. . . .1/Gordons ceased to exist." (David Ascoli. The Mons Star. 1982 p. 111).And to quote Gould " The entire battalion, less three platoons, was overwhelmed at about 3 a.m. on 27 August during the retreat from Mons. About 500 all ranks were captured and the remainder killed."(Gould R.W. Locations of British Cavalry, Infantry and Machine Gun Units 1914-24 p.36) : Undoubtedly, Stuart was captured here. The ribbons are the original silk, the ribbon of the Mons Star is only partial and fragmented. He is entitled to the Clasp and Roses although these are not with the group (they were sometimes not claimed). The group is in excellent condition with copy of Medal Index Card. All medals are correctly impressed. This is his full medal entitlement. Such original 1914 groups are becoming much sought after in the run up to 2014, those to Le Cateau P.O.W.'s are very scarce. Sensible reserve, postage only by Insured Registered Delivery (please note that the cost of postage is exactly what it costs me - I provide protective plastic wallets and packaging free of any charge). Thank you very much for looking, please see my other WW1 medals being
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Ww1 1914 Mons Star Medal Trio: Stuart 1/gordon Highlanders. Le Cateau. P.o.w.: $293