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Lot 492: WW2 Service Dress Tunic Attributed to Captain P H B Wall 48 (Royal Marine) Commando, Awarded the Military Cross for Gallantry in 1945

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November 30, 2016

Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom

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  • WW2 Service Dress Tunic Attributed to Captain P H B Wall 48 (Royal Marine) Commando, Awarded the Military Cross for Gallantry in 1945
  • WW2 Service Dress Tunic Attributed to Captain P H B Wall 48 (Royal Marine) Commando, Awarded the Military Cross for Gallantry in 1945
  • WW2 Service Dress Tunic Attributed to Captain P H B Wall 48 (Royal Marine) Commando, Awarded the Military Cross for Gallantry in 1945
  • WW2 Service Dress Tunic Attributed to Captain P H B Wall 48 (Royal Marine) Commando, Awarded the Military Cross for Gallantry in 1945
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Description: WW2 Service Dress Tunic Attributed to Captain P H B Wall 48 (Royal Marine) Commando, Awarded the Military Cross for Gallantry in 1945, four pocket officers service dress tunic with Royal Marines officers tunic buttons to the front and pockets. Above the breast pocket are medal ribbons for the Military Cross, 1939-45 star, Atlantic star with rosette, Africa star, Italy star, George VI Coronation medal and American Legion of Merit medal. No collar badges or rank insignia remain to the tunic. Accompanied by a pair of service dress breeches and separate cloth belt, the belt has name label “P.H.B. WALL”. Set remains in good condition showing just light service wear. Captain, later Major, Patrick Henry Bligh Wall, served with 48 Royal Marine Commando part of the 4th Commando brigade, when he was awarded the Military Cross for gallantry in action. The recommendation for the award was as follows, “On the night 20/21 Apr, 1945, Major Wall as second-in-command and patrol master of the commando, decided to lead, himself, the first patrol across the River Maas in the Biebosch area, penetrating 7000 yards in front of our forward defence locality. Here, he thrice encountered the enemy in much the same strength as himself and in shooting it out with them, caused them several casualties. Major Wall himself was the only casualty in the patrol and had a slight bullet scratch across his hand. Under Major Wall’s leadership and fired by his example of unflagging energy, the patrol moved about in enemy occupied territory for 36 hours without food, beating the enemy on every occasion they were met. When touch with his boats was lost, Major Wall, though an indifferent swimmer, ordered Lt Kingsley to take over command, and he himself led a small swimming party in a break out attempt. The result of the patrol, which was organised planned and led by Major Wall, was much useful information gained, several casualties, including four killed, inflicted on the enemy without loss to our side. Only the fact that one prisoner was killed by the enemy in a subsequent dash and two others wounded had to be left for humane reasons with morphia, prevented the patrol from bringing back a prisoner.”

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