A unique Boer War honour for a Ladysmith nurse, a VC with a difference and a Royal Marine corporal's CGC perform well at auction



The sale of Britain’s second-highest military decoration proved a highlight at a recent Noonans sale – and will help veterans

The CGC awarded to Corporal Bradley ‘Bugsy’ Malone, 45 Commando, Royal Marines, showcases multiple examples of gallantry and an amusing case of mistaken identity.

Sources reveal that the Northumberland-born marine demonstrated supreme “fighting prowess and gallantry” on three occasions, “each one of which would have merited the award by itself.”

Between October 1, 2008 and March 31, 2009, Malone, then 24, served with Zulu Company at Forward Operating Base Gibraltar on the Helmand River, near Sangin, Afghanistan. This was a staging post for intercepting insurgent forces that the Taliban described as the “mouth of Hell” and the “Devil’s place”. Malone led a bayonet charge to repel an ambush and on another occasion rescued his pinneddown sergeant, stating after: “I didn’t think of it as dangerous or risking my life. I saw an opportunity, you just take your balls in your mouth and get on with it.”

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