A Military Cross & D.C.M. Pair to Sergeant Major Bowden RFA
A Military Cross & D.C.M. Pair to Sergeant Major Bowden RFA - Military Cross, George V (785528 B.S.M. G.F. BOWDEN R.F.A.); and Distinguished Conduct Medal, George V (785528 B.S. Mjr G.F. BOWDEN. M.C. R.F.A.). Naming is engraved on the MC and officially impressed on the DCM. Court-mounted, dark patina on the DCM, light contact, mild soiling on the MC ribbon, near extremely fine. Accompanied a copy of his Military Cross Index Card and the London Gazette 30507 (announcing the award of his Military Cross), along with a CD containing seven pages with copies of his First World War Medals Index Card (entitling him to the British War Medal and the Victory Medal), the Births Register for 1892, the England Census (for 1891 and 1901) and the England/Wales National Probate Calendar Index of Wills. Footnote: George Fettis Bowden was born in 1882 in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. He served with the A/312th West Riding Brigade, Royal Field Artillery in the rank of Battery Sergeant-Major, seeing action in the French theatre during the First World War. The announcement of his award of the Military Cross appeared in the Second Supplement to the London Gazette 30507 of Friday, February 1, 1918, on Monday, February 4, 1918, page 1606: "785528 B.S.M. George Fettis Bowden, R.F.A.", while his citation for his Military Cross appeared in the Fourth Supplement to the London Gazette 30780 of Tuesday, July 2, 1918, on Friday, July 5, 1918, page 7929: "785528 B.S.M. George Fettis Bowden, R.F.A. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When on advancing into action the battery came under a heavy barrage he remained in the shelled area directing the advance of each gun team successively until the whole battery had passed through the barrage." He received his Military Cross in a ceremony on December 18, 1919. Bowden's citation for his Distinguished Conduct Medal appeared in the Third Supplement to the London Gazette 31794 of Tuesday, February 24, 1920, on Wednesday, February 25, 1920, page 2281: "785528 B.S.M. G.F. Bowden, M.C., A/312th West Riding Brigade, R.F.A., T.F. (Newcastle). For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty near Neuf Mesnilon 8th November, 1918. When his battery was going into action several shells burst in the midst of the column, causing numerous casualties to men and horses and threatening a stampede. He showed coolness and resource in handling the teams and despatching them to safety." For his First World War service, he was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. Bowden died on July 2, 1958 in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, at the age of 76.