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Collectors Sale February 2010

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Medals, Extremely Rare World War Two Gallantry Group to the King's Shropshire Light Infantry, Group of Five, Distinguished Conduct Medal George VI, 1939-45, France and Germany, War, Defence, 4040919 WO CL2 (acting) C(laude) W(illiam) ADAMS 4th Territorial Battalion K.S.L.I, London Gazette 24th January 1946, with ribbon bar which includes Military Medal ribbon. (The award to Adams was an MM uprated to a DCM, he was Gazetted once.)  With copy of citation, 159 Inf Brigade Armd Division 8 Corps, 4th Bn K.S.L.I., a/CSM 4040919 ADAMS, Claud (sic, corrected on London Gazette entry) William,  This W.O. came out with the bn to FRANCE and has fought throughout the campaign with this bn. He came to FRANCE as a Pl Sjt, but his Pl Comd was wounded in the CAEN break-out battl., and CSM Adams commanded the Pl with outstanding success from that day onwards until he was promoted W.O.II in April, 1945. His pl had a run of unbroken success, and this W.O. was to a very large extent responsible for this success. By his aggressive leadership, cheerfulness and coolness under fire, he so inspired his men, that they never knew failure in battle.  In the battle for ANTWERP this W.O. with his pl was responsible for the capture of some 100 enemy, who had to be driven out from concrete emplacements in the centre of the town. Whenever a Section was temporarily held up in this battle, CSM Adams would go up to it, encourage it, and so lead it that the opposition was overcome. Again, in the battle for ASTEN this W.O.'s pl did remarkably well and again the success was due in the main to the example set by this W.O. No praise can be too high for the magnificent example set by this W.O. over a long period of almost continuous fighting.  27 June 1945.  Recommended for MM by Lt Col 4 KSLI Recommended for DCM by Lt Gen Comd 8 Corps on 19th October 1945. With large studio photo of Adams; his cap badge and other badges and a sweetheart brooch; Old Comrades badge; Record of Service 14/11/40 - 8/12/46 which is marked DCM, MM; Certificate of transfer to the Reserve which is marked DCM, MM; Testimonial Letter (1946) from Commanding Officer; letter informing Adams that he was to receive his DCM from King George VI on 29th July 1947;  letters received after his death in 1970 'he had earned a great reputation for gallantry'
sold for £3200.00

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Medals, Extremely Rare World War Two Gallantry Group to the King's Shropshire Light Infantry, Group of Five, Distinguished Conduct Medal George VI, 1939-45, France and Germany, War, Defence, 4040919 WO CL2 (acting) C(laude) W(illiam) ADAMS 4th Territorial Battalion K.S.L.I, London Gazette 24th January 1946, with ribbon bar which includes Military Medal ribbon. (The award to Adams was an MM uprated to a DCM, he was Gazetted once.) With copy of citation, 159 Inf Brigade Armd Division 8 Corps, 4th Bn K.S.L.I., a/CSM 4040919 ADAMS, Claud (sic, corrected on London Gazette entry) William, This W.O. came out with the bn to FRANCE and has fought throughout the campaign with this bn. He came to FRANCE as a Pl Sjt, but his Pl Comd was wounded in the CAEN break-out battl., and CSM Adams commanded the Pl with outstanding success from that day onwards until he was promoted W.O.II in April, 1945. His pl had a run of unbroken success, and this W.O. was to a very large extent responsible for this success. By his aggressive leadership, cheerfulness and coolness under fire, he so inspired his men, that they never knew failure in battle. In the battle for ANTWERP this W.O. with his pl was responsible for the capture of some 100 enemy, who had to be driven out from concrete emplacements in the centre of the town. Whenever a Section was temporarily held up in this battle, CSM Adams would go up to it, encourage it, and so lead it that the opposition was overcome. Again, in the battle for ASTEN this W.O.'s pl did remarkably well and again the success was due in the main to the example set by this W.O. No praise can be too high for the magnificent example set by this W.O. over a long period of almost continuous fighting. 27 June 1945. Recommended for MM by Lt Col 4 KSLI Recommended for DCM by Lt Gen Comd 8 Corps on 19th October 1945. With large studio photo of Adams; his cap badge and other badges and a sweetheart brooch; Old Comrades badge; Record of Service 14/11/40 - 8/12/46 which is marked DCM, MM; Certificate of transfer to the Reserve which is marked DCM, MM; Testimonial Letter (1946) from Commanding Officer; letter informing Adams that he was to receive his DCM from King George VI on 29th July 1947; letters received after his death in 1970 'he had earned a great reputation for gallantry'

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