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British Miniature Medal Group: A positively attributed 'Highland Officer' & Great War casualty miniature group of 14 (Major Alexander Gilchrist Denoon, late Seaforth Highlanders)
- 1914 Star. With dated slip-on clasp
- British War Medal. Silver issue
- Interallied Victory Medal. Riband fitted with MID oakleaves emblem
- The 1939-45 Star
- The France and Germany Star
- Defence Medal
- War Medal
- Coronation Medal 1937
- Special Constabulary Long Service Medal. GVI first issue
- Belgium: Order of the Crown. 5th Class 'Chevaliers' breast badge
- Belgium: Cross of War (Croix De Guerre) 1914-1918 issue. With 'Palm' emblem'
- Belgium: Cross of the Veterans of King Albert I (Croix des Veterans du Roi Albert I)
- France: Commemorative Medal for the Battle of the Somme 1914-1918 & 1940
- Belgium: Flemish Cross of the Three Cities, 3 clasps 'Ieper' 'Nieuwpoort' & 'Dixsmuide'
Sold together with:
- Coloured photograph of the veteran wearing his full-size medals circa 1969
- B&W photo in Patrol Blues & Trews, as Lieutenant, Ireland circa 1921
- Recipients membership card British section of Veterans of King Albert (1967)
Note: All the foreign Orders, Decorations and Medals confirmed as awarded per official London Gazette publication dates & respective medal award brevets as under;
- Belgium: Order of the Crown. 5th Class 'Chevaliers' breast badge (LG 24 September 1917)
- Belgium: Cross of War (Croix De Guerre) 1914-1918 issue (LG 11 March 1918)
- Belgium: Cross of the Veterans of King Albert (Brevet 82644, 19 August 1969)
- Belgium: Flemish Cross of the Three Cities (Brevet 11646, 18 August 1970)
- France: Commemorative Medal for the Battle of the Somme (Brevet 15861, 1 July 1956)
Alexander Gilchrist Denoon was a native of, Logie Easter, Ross & Cromarty, Scotland, where he was born on 17 February 1889. Alexander enlisted in the British Army, and joined his local regiment, the Seaforth Highlanders, in 1905, being posted to the 2nd Battalion (Rosshire-Buffs).
Alexander was evidently a model soldier, as promotion came quick. He served for just over 11 years in the ranks, latterly as a Warrant Officer 2nd Class.
He landed in France as a Lance-Sergeant in the 2nd Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders on 21 August 1914 and remained on active service until the war's end. The Battalion was heavily engaged in the retreat to Mons in 1914, suffering heavy casualties, among them Lieutenant-Colonel Sir E. R. Bradford, Bt., the unit's C.O., who was killed at the crossing of the Aisne in mid-September. In the following month, the Battalion was engaged in the attack on Meteren, when it carried enemy positions at the point of the bayonet, in addition to heavy fighting at Frelinghen; the unit's war diary records 'no firing' on Christmas Day 1914, when the Seaforths were free to 'walk about in the open'.
On 1 July 1916, the Battalion went into action with the 1st East Lancashires and 1st Hampshires at Redan Ridge on the Somme. In the ensuing fighting - which cost the Seaforths nearly 400 casualties - one of Denoon's comrades, Drummer Ritchie, won a memorable V.C.: amidst a galling fire, he stood on the parapet of a trench and rallied his comrades by sounding the 'Charge'.
Alexander Denoon was commissioned in November 1916'Wounded-in-Action' - reportedly more then once - during the Great War. As a Second Lieutenant serving on the Western Front in France, he received he received a Gunshot & Shrapnel Wound (GSW) to the right knee, that led to his evacuation by 'Wound Convoy' on 25 April 1917 - he was evacuated to the United Kingdom, where spent several months on Rest & Recuperation at the American Women's Hospital for Officers at Lancaster Gate, London. At the time of his wound in 1917, he had completed 12 years military service, of which 17 months had bene spent on active service with the B.E.F. During his period of recovery, his wife (he had married in 1913) resided at Ballachraggan, Kildary, Rosshire, Scotland
His gallant service on the Western Front was recognised by the award of a brace of Belgian decorations, which werte published in the London Gazette per above references
Major Denoon was placed on Retired List in the 1930's, however, with the outbreak of the Second World War in September, 1939, he volunteered his services, and served as a Major in his old regiment and latterly in the Royal Army Ordnance Corps. During the Second World War, he saw active service in France, with the British Expeditionary Force at Dunkirk, and later returned for the campaigns of liberation in North West Europe 1944-1945
After leaving the British Army circa 1930, he resided for many years at, 26 First Avenue, Walton-On-Thames, Surrey, England. He remained a proud 'Seaforth' Highlander throughout his life, as testified by his appointment as Chairman of the London Branch of the Seaforth Highlanders Association, which office he held between 1930-51. Major Denoon, s recorded as having died at Manchester, Lancashire, England, during the fourth quarter of 1974, at which time he had been residing at 24 Jevington Walk, M13 9DQ.
Important: The recipients full-size medals, award brevets / certificates, together wth other photographs are being sold as a separate lot on the website of www.aberdeenmedals.com
A very fine combination of medals and decorations to the Seaforth Highlanders, including some scarce seen foreign miniature awards