A group of medals from the 2003 Iraq war will go under the hammer this month – expected to sell for 20,000.
Seven Military Cross Medals were awarded to Corporal Anthony William Curry, 1st Battalion, Kings’ own Scottish Borders, who were hit by a heavy machine gun fire near Algiers Security Base on the night of August 8, 2003.
He led his team in a long firefight in which more than 20 enemy gunmen were working from five different positions.
During the attack, another Iraqi gunman appeared suddenly between British troops and Iraqi positions, jeopardizing the pace of the British offensive.
Corporal Curry shot the Iraqis and then evacuated two buildings, injuring two others.
Its men later recovered a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG), seven launchers, two RPG grenades and three rifles and 1,000 rounds of ammunition.
The next morning, again having to work in several well-prepared positions to fire from the enemy with heavy machine guns and small arms, Kerry played a key role as several of them suppressed the fire and launched direct attacks. The insurgents were wiped out by a coalition.
Curry’s involvement in the process – which led to the awarding of the CGC to Corporal SG Jardine – is well documented in Jardine’s personal account, which appears in Dan Collins’ book In Foreign Fields.
War Heroes retired in 2006 and lives in Motherwell, just outside Glasgow.
The medals will be auctioned by Dix Noonan Webb on September 15 at an order, decorations, medals and military auction and are expected to fetch between 000 15,000 and 20,000.
Christopher Miller Hill, Associate Director of Dix-Noon Webb, said: “Following the sale of Corporal Jordan’s CGC in July, we are delighted to present Corporal Tony Curry’s Military Cross as the second part of this story. Which gives credit to all the soldiers. Kings of the Scottish Borders at the moment.
“Tony Curry, who lives just outside of Glasgow, decided to sell before CPL Jordan with the same intention of building a house for himself, but so far his sale has been delayed.”