WWI Military Cross for Actions at Morchies 1918
WWI Military Cross for Actions at Morchies 1918 - Military Cross, GRV (unnamed as issued, in its hardshelled case of issue); British War Medal (2.LIEUT. A.F. DUNN.); and Victory Medal (2.LIEUT. A.F. DUNN.). Naming is officially impressed on the war medals. Unmounted, dark patina on the BWM, light contact, better than very fine. Accompanied by twenty-one pages with copies of his Service Records from the National Archives and London Gazette Citations. Footnote: Alexander Findlay Dunn was born on July 16, 1892. He signed his Territorial Force Attestation Paper with the 1st Northumberland Brigade, Royal Field Artillery on May 22, 1915 at Newcastle, England, for four years' service, enlisting as a Gunner (#2054), stating that he has previous military service with the 5th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry and the 1st Northumberland Brigade, R.F.A. His next-of-kin was his mother, Annie Findlay Dunn of Heaton, Newcastle-on-Tyne, he was not married and his civilian trade was that of Distillery Agent. Three months later, he advanced to the rank of Bombardier on August 12, 1915, then to Corporal the following summer on July 2, 1916. One day later, he left for his first of two tours of duty in the French theatre, returning on January 1, 1917. Two months later, he was accepted for admission to the Royal Artillery Cadet School at Exeter on March 2, 1917. Dunn was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Field Artillery on June 23, 1917 and mentioned in the London Gazette 6803 on July 7, 1917: "to be 2nd Lieutenant (from Officers' Cadet Units)". Two and a half months later, he returned to the French theatre with the Royal Field Artillery, Special Reserve, 7th Battery, 2nd Brigade on September 22, 1917. 2nd Lieutenant Alexander Findlay Dunn, Royal Field Artillery, Special Reserve was awarded the Military Cross for his exceptional efforts at Morchies on March 21, 1918. Morchies was occupied by British troops on the March 20, 1917, then lost to the Germans on the March 21, 1918 (the day of Dunn's gallant exploits) and retaken in September 1918. He was cited in both the London Gazette 10945 on September 16, 1918 and the Edinburgh Gazette 3381 on September 18, 1918, "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He led up two limbers through the infantry to the forward gun position and brought away the guns. He showed fine courage under heavy fire." The following summer of 1918, he was evacuated "sick" from Le Havre, France to England on July 28th, aboard the troop transport ship S.S. Warilda, arriving in Southampton on the 29th, due to poor health contracted on active duty and placed on the Retirement List on Nov 4, 1919, as noted in the London Gazette 13413 on November 3, 1919: "Lt. A.F. Dunn, M.C., is placed on the ret. list on account of ill-health contracted on active service. 4th Nov. 1919." On his Protection Certificate (Officer), dated October 10, 1919, it references him as part of the "Special Reserve of Officers will be Disembodied (breaking up of the unit) to the Reserve, Special Category III". Following the war, in a letter from the Civil Service Commission, London (National Scheme for Disabled Men), dated August 19, 1926, it recommended that Dunn was "now a candidate for the situation of Clerical Officer in the Civil Service".