Antiques Corner by Patrick Van de Vorst

A Conspicuous Gallantry Medal
A Conspicuous Gallantry Medal

THIS week we valued an extremely rare example of a Conspicuous Gallantry Medal.

In order to achieve the CGM for gallantry, the recipient would have had to been part of a fighter-bomber operation in Italy in early 1945.

This meant the recipient had also completed 68 operational sorties as a pilot in Kittyhawks of No 250 Squadron at the time of being recommended for the award. The Conspicuous Gallantry Cross (CGC) is a second-level military decoration of the UK armed forces.

The CGC was made in 1993 and first awarded in 1995. It was instituted after a review of the honours system to remove distinctions of rank in the awarding of gallantry decorations.

If the medal had its related campaign medals and flying logbook, these would greatly enhance overall interest and as a consequence, value.

Our specialists valued the item at £8,000 to £10,000.