Major Davies’ modern medals to sell in London

Spink is to offer a set of modern medals awarded to British officer Bugle Major J Davies in its April 12 sale in London.

Davies, who consigns these medals alongside his uniform and other material relating to his time in the army, served 10 tours in Afghanistan.

Medals Davies Spink

Davies saved the lives of his squad during an ambush in 2011

He received the Military Cross for an extraordinary act of gallantry during an ambush in which a member of his squad (Corporal Peter Eustace) was killed in Helmand in 2011.

After the initial assault, Davies repeatedly drew enemy fire so that his colleagues could evacuate with Eustace’s body.

Davies would later write on the memorial page: “I kissed him and gave him a hug. I said the Lord’s Prayer and closed his eyes.”

Auctioneer Marcus Bugden said: “The outstanding gallantry and poignancy related to James’ medals make these extremely powerful and moving.

“All at Spink have been honoured to have had the opportunity to meet James and to ensure his important story is retained and recorded in the history of the Afghanistan War.”

The lot is valued at £12,000-15,000 ($14,962-18,703).

There will be a range of medals from around the world in the sale, including a Thai Order of the Royal House of Chakri awarded to Sultan Fuad I of Egypt in the 1950s.

This honour is only ever given to members of the Thai royal family or foreign dignitaries, and is seldom seen at auction.

It’s valued at £8,000-12,000 ($9,974-14,961).

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