WW1 MILITARY CROSS & TRIO, BRADFORD PALS / WEST YORKSHIRE REGIMENT / AUXILIARY DIVISION ROYAL IRISH CONSTABULARY
Mint cased WW1 Military Cross (MC) & 1914-15 Trio
To- 16-639.PTE.E.BARNES.W.YORK.R (1914-15)
& 2-LIEUT.E.BARNES (WW1 Pair)
Ernest Barnes from Bradford was one of the original members of the 16th service battalion of the West Yorkshire Regiment / 1st Bradford Pals. He first landed in Egypt with the battalion 6-12-1915 & after serving with the pals in Egypt & France. He was commissioned in to the 10th battalion of the West Yorkshire Regiment in 1918. He was awarded the Military cross in the London Gazette 30-7-1919 with the following citation.
T/2nd.LT.Ernest.Barnes.W.York.R Attached 10th BN
During the attack on Neuvilly on October 10th 1918 he led his platoon with great gallantry & dash. He waded the river Selle, put an enemy machine gun team out of action killing two of the enemy machine gun team, and although suffering heavy casualties he succeeded in getting his platoon to within 100 yards of his objective where he was finally held up with intense machine gun fire.He later displayed marked gallantry when engaged in establishing the crossings of the Selle south of Neuvilly.
He joined ADRIC 16-2-1921 with service number 1694 & was posted to A-Company. He resigned from ADRIC 31-3-1921 & relinquished in commission in September of the same year & was killed in a car accident in Liverpool around the same time.
The medals are EF/MINT & the MC is neatly engraved on the reverse. Compete with both the box of issue & outer card case for the MC along with one of the recipients dog tags & both MIC & London gazette details. The Victory medal is of the type one variety with the dull type finish.