Shaun Garry Jardine from Dumfries, Scotland, was awarded the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross (CGC) for his bravery in the Iraq War. He was part of a quick reaction force that came under attack on August 9, 2003.
Facing heavy-machine gun fire, he ordered his team to provide covering fire and then assaulted the enemy positions, storming them and forcing them to withdraw.
The then-21-year-old’s actions led to him being awarded the CGC, a medal second only to the Victoria Cross in prestige for honouring combat bravery.
Auctioneers Dix Noonan Webb said it is the only CGC to have been awarded to a Scottish regiment and is one of 60 to be given out to this date, Daily Record reports.
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The 39-year-old said after the sale: “I am very happy with the result and what Dix Noonan Webb have done for me to get such a good price for my medals. It will really help towards securing a new home for my family.”
Christopher Mellor-Hill, head of client liaison at Dix Noonan Webb, said: “We are delighted to see Shaun Jardine’s medals sell for a well-deserved £140,000, being the unique CGC to a Scottish regiment and also being one of the few remaining CGC awards available to collectors for the Iraq War.”
The medals were auctioned alongside a print of David Rowland’s painting of the recipient winning his CGC and a file containing 15 letters of congratulation.
Additional reporting by Daniel Harkins, Douglas Barrie and David Walker