WW1 2nd BN Gordon Highlanders DCM, MSM Italian Al Valore Group of Nine Medals.
Awarded to Captain Quartermaster James Hardie DCM, MSM. who served with the mounted infantry during the Boer War and was awarded the DCM and MSM for gallantry and devotion to duty on the Italian front. Comprising:Distinguished Conduct Medal, “7125 C.S. MJR J HARDIE 2/ GORD HIGHRS”, Queen’s South Africa Medal, five clasps, “Cape Colony”, “Orange Free State”, “Transvaal”, “South Africa 1901”, “South Africa 1902”, “7125 PTE GORDON HIGHRS M.I.”, 1914 Star with clasp “SJT 2/GORD HIGHRS”, British War Medal, Victory Medal, “7125 WO CL2 GORDONS”, GVR Jubilee Medal “CAPT & QM J HARDIE DCM 6TH GORDONS”, Army Long Service & Good Conduct Medal (GVR), “7125 C.S. MJR GORD HIGHRS”, Meritorious Service Medal “7125 SJT A.C.S. MJR J HARDIE 2/GORD HIGHRS”, Italian Al Valore “7125 CMS J HARDIE GORDON HRS”. Group is mounted for display. ... Accompanied by a small quantity of original ephemera. including a photograph of Captain Hardie wearing his medals as well as a small quantity of research.
Distinguished Conduct Medal London Gazette 25th February 1920.“On the night 26th-27th October, 1918, near Cimadolmo, under hostile shell fire, he was invaluable in getting his company into position. On the 27th he showed fine devotion to duty and fearlessness, attacking strong point after strong point, and leading and encouraging his men. On being held up he volunteered and led a party forward, clearing the house and capturing the machine guns” Meritorious Service Medal London Gazette 3rd June 1918 (Italy) Italian Al Valore. London Gazette 17th May 1919.Captain Quartermaster James Hardie DCM, MSM was a native of Bucksburn and enlisted into the Gordon Highlanders in January 1900, he embarked for South Africa in April 1901 and remained there until the Battalion was posted to the East Indies where they would serve 10 years on the 14th November 1902. In 1912 he along with his Battalion was posted to Egypt, until being rushed back to the UK in September 1914. He landed in France earning the 1914 Star on the 4th October 1914. He was severely wounded and was sent back to England on the 21st November 1914. Returning to duty he was promoted to the rank of Company Sergeant Major and returned to France on the 5th June 1917. The Battalion was shortly afterwards posted to the Italian Front. Surviving the war he transferred to the TA and was confirmed a Warrant Officer in November 1921. He was commissioned to the rank of Lieutenant and Quartermaster on the 1st April 1927 then serving with the 6th (Baniff and Donside) Bn. He died in 1936 and was buried with military honours.