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WWI WRIST WATCH TO CAPT. J. MACARTNEY-FILGATE, C.B.E., M.C., T.D., R.F.A. (PRISONER OF WAR)

*** RESERVED *** WWI wrist watch with luminous hands and dials and brown leather strap with reverse engraved 'J. Macartney-Filgate, R.F.A.'; an M.C. winner and later C.B.E. who had been a Japanese Prisoner of War on the fall in 1942.
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John Macartney-Filgate was born on 20 May 1897, the only son of Partick Macartney-Filgate of Hillbrook, Castleknock, Co. Dublin and his wife Bertha Eugenie Lomax. Educated at Rugby School and Oxford University, Macartney-Filgate was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant with the Royal Field Artillery on 2 July 1915 and promoted Lieutenant on 1 July 1917 and Acting Major on 3 Apr 1918. He was twice wounded in action (in August 1916 and April 1918) and was awarded the Military Cross, Gazetted 19 Nov 1917: "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When his battery was heavily shelled and many casualties occurred, he assisted in getting the wounded away and organised detachments to keep the guns in action. On another occasion when his battery was heavily shelled, two guns being disabled and several casualties caused, he got the wounded away and kept his remaining guns in action under difficult conditions. His wonderful courage undoubtedly set a fine example to his men." Between the wars, Macartney-Filgate became Assistant Parliamentary Secretary to the British Commonwealth Union and on the outbreak of WWII he served with a Royal Artillery Anti-Aircraft unit in London before being posted to the Far East, arriving in Batavia, Java and taking command of the 48th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment in early February 1942. Macartney-Filgate became a Japanese Prisoner of War on the fall of Singapore and remained so for the duration of the war. He received the Territorial Decoration on 21 Apr 1950 and made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire on 1 June 1964. He was the author of The History of 33rd Divisional Artillery in the Great War 1914-18, with its foreword by General Lord Horne, G.C.B., K.C.M.G. Macartney-Filgate died on 23 June 1964.

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