A Jock's 'Decorated by order of His Imperial Majesty the Emperor of Russia' 1914 Star casualty group of 3: Private James McPherson, 1st Battalion Royal Scots Fusiliers
- 1914 Star. With dated clasp (8143 Pte J. McPherson R.S. Fus.)
- British War Medal. Silver issue (8143 Pte J. McPherson R.S. Fus.)
- Interallied Victory Medal (8143 Pte J. McPherson R.S. Fus.)
- Russia (Imperial): Order of the Cross of St. George 4th Class
Note: The clasp and Russian award are tailors copies
Order of St. George 4th Class: The recipients service papers are endorsed 'Awd Russian Decor'n Order of St. George 4th Class, granted by H.I.M. the Emperor of Russia. (London Gazette d 24.8.15)'.
The Newcastle Journal issue of 13 October 1916, contains the below quoted article pertaining to the presentation of the Russian gallantry award to Private McPherson:
BRAVERY RECOGNISED AT ALNWICK CAMPS
Before a full parade of the Permanent Staff and the convalescent soldiers at the Military Convalescent Hospital at Alnwick, yesterday, an interesting ceremony was performed by Colonel P. Broome Giles, C.B., commandant. To Private McPherson, No. 8143, of the 1st Royal Scots Fusiliers, the gallant officer presented the medal of the Russian Order of St. George (Third Class) awarded for gallantry and heroism displayed by Private McPherson in the earlier stages of the battle of the Aisne, where amongst other feats of daring, he carried two wounded comrades to safety through a hail of rifle and machine-gun fire.
Colonel Broome Giles warmly complimented the young hero, who modestly returned thanks. The men on parade then set up three rousing cheers for Private McPherson.
Wounded-in-Action: James McPherson received multiple 'Wounds' by Gunshot & Shrapnel (GSW), which are endorsed in his extant service papers
"Wounded Vailley, France & Flanders, during period 15 & 16. 9. 14. G.Shot.Chest. (serious). 1914. G.Shot. Chest & Left Arm
Separate medical records also record:
-13/11/1914: GSW to Cheek - Admitted to No 3 Casualty Clearing Station (Hazebrouck) and Transferred to Base the next day 14 November 1914 (ref MH106/281)
Sold together with below hard-copy photocopied papers:
a. London Gazette cover and entry pages for the Russian award
b. Medal Index Card confirming all Great War British medals and clasp
c. Medical Records 'Casualty List' France, 1914
The medals mounted in the swing-style. The reverse of the mounting bar retaining the long hinged pin & clasp fittings
Condition: Cleaned GVF