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1921 WAZIRISTAN M.C. GROUP OF 6 MEDALS TO CAPT. H.C. JAMES, WELSH R./R.G.R.

*** RESERVED *** The exceptional & scarce Waziristan 1921 M.C. & Romanian Order Group to a Welsh Regiment officer, later 4/39th Garwhal Rifles. Consisting of: Military Cross George V; 1914-15 Star to 2.Lieut. H.C. James, Welsh R.; WWI War Medal to Lieut. H.C. James; WWI Victory Medal to Capt. H.C. James; India General Service Medal with Afghanistan N.W.F. 1919; Mahsud 1919-20; Waziristan 1919-21 & North West Frontier 1930-31 clasps to Capt. H.C. James, 4-39 R.G.R.; Order of the Crown of Romania Officer Class.
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Herbert Cyril James was born in Pencaerau, Neath, Glamorgan on 12 Apr 1892, the fifth son of Hugh Price James and lived in The Vicarage Cwmfelinfach, Ynysddu before St. Nicholas, Barry and was educated at St. John's School, Leatherhead and Jesus College, Oxford University. Commissioned into the 3rd Battalion, Welsh Regiment on 14 Nov 1914, James served with the 2nd Battalion, Welsh from 12 May 1915 to 11 Oct 1915, 3rd Battalion, Welsh to Sep 1916 and 10th (1st Rhondda) Battalion, Welsh from 22 Sep 1916 to 15 June 1918, Mentioned In Despatches on 21 Dec 1917.

Transferring to the 1/117th Mahrattas, Indian Army on 23 Sep 1918, James was attached to and appointed the Company Commander of the 4/39th Garhwal Rifles. His fellow officer in the same unit, Lieutenant William David Kenny, was awarded the posthumous Victoria Cross for action at Kot Kai against the Mahsuds on 2 Jan 1920. James' Annual Report for this year states that: "James is an extremely good Company Commander and has several years war experience in France and 18 months in the N.W. Frontier and been wounded in both theatres." It also notes that he had played for Wales in International Amateur Association Football. Later, he became Tutor & Companion of the Khan Saheb of Manawadar' and Staff Officer to the Military Adviser-in-Chief, Indian States Forces whilst Captain in the 2/18th Garwhal Rifles. His Military Cross was Gazetted 10 June 1921: "On recommendation of the Government of India for distinguished service in the Field with the Waziristan Force. To be dated 1 Aug 1920." The award of James' Order of the Crown of Romania Officer Class was Gazetted on 3 Oct 1922, under the heading 'Decorations Conferred by His Majesty The King of Roumania.' Achieving the rank of Brevet Lieutenant-Colonel on 1 Jul 1936, James retired from service on 26 Dec 1939.

There were 80 awards of the Military Cross in 1921, including 23 for Waziristan.

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