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WWI M.C. GROUP OF 7 MEDALS TO CAPT. M.J.R.B. MCCALLAGH, M.G.C.

*** RESERVED *** Military Cross George V reverse engraved 'Maurice McCullagh, M.G.C., Ypres 20th Sept. 1917'; WWI War Medal to Capt. M.J.R.B. McCallagh; WWI Victory Medal to Capt. M.J.R.B. McCallagh; 1939-45 Star; Africa Star with 1st Army clasp; WWII Defence Medal; WWII War Medal.
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Military Cross Gazetted 26 Nov 1917: "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He helped to dig out some of his men that had been buried by a shell. While thus engaged, all the party except himself were put out of action by a shell. Though partially buried and badly shaken, he remained at duty and continued to direct his Battery with great success. Later he took command of his group and remained in charge for three days. He displayed the greatest resolution and devotion to duty throughout the operations."

Maurice Joseph Richard Barry McCallagh was born in Dublin on 24 July 1893 and worked as an Architect. Commissioned into the 10th Battalion, Border Regiment on 7 May 1915, McCallagh joined the 99th Coy. Machine Gun Corps in France from 26 Apr 1916. Severely Wounded In Action on 1 June 1916 by a shell wound to the head and gun shot wound to the left thigh, McCallagh was admitted to No.6 Field Ambulance and, on 3 June, to 23 Casualty Clearing Station. From there he arrived at No.1 General Hospital and then evacuated to England on 10 June, aboard the Hospital Ship "Panama". Made Temporary Lieutenant on 1 Dec 1916, McCallagh returned to France on 16 Dec 1916 and joined 196 Coy. M.G.C (55th Division). Sent to Machine Gun School in France on 28 July 1917, he returned to his unit on 10 Sep 1917 and was awarded the Military Cross for gallantry at Ypres  on 20 Sep 1917. Promoted Acting Captain on 7 Mar 1918 whilst in command of his Company, McCallagh then volunteered for service in North Russia and was posted as a Machine Gun Section Commander with the Expeditionary Force for 10 months, relinquishing his temporary commission on completion of service on 11 Oct 1919. Rejoining the Border Regiment on the outbreak of WWII, McCallagh transferred to the Royal Pioneer Coprs as Lieutenant on 24 Dec 1941 and demobilized at the end of hostilities, relinquishing his commission on age limit on 26 Apr 1949.

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