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Sunday, October 13, 2013
The war medal awarded to a fearless Norwich soldier who repeatedly risked his life to save those of wounded colleagues will this week go to auction.
The Military Medal was awarded to Private Cecil Herbert Moyse, who was with the Royal Army Medical Corps, for his heroism in protecting fellow soldiers from snipers and mortar shelling in a French town the day after D-Day.
Private Moyse, then 34, was credited with having saved many lives through his actions on June 7, 1944.
Now nearly 70 years later, Private Moyse’s Military Medal is up for sale and it is expected to sell for between £600 and £800 at Bonhams in Knightsbridge, London, on October 16.
The citation for the medal reads: “During the attack on Libuny (sic) on the night of June 7, 1944, this soldier was acting as orderly on an ambulance jeep.
“He went forwarded repeatedly in this vehicle to collect casualties through the village of Bieville, which was being subjected to heavy mortar and shell fire, and back, causing casualties.
“The village of Bieville was, at the same time, infested by snipers who hit the vehicle several times. His actions were responsible for saving many casualties, who might not otherwise have been recovered.”
Private Moyse was born at Carlton Colville, near Lowestoft, on March 11, 1910, and lived with his sister Audrey and parents Herbert and Lucy, at Diamond Terrace in Oulton Broad.
In the 1911 Census, his father described himself as “a journeyman carpenter in building.”
Private Moyse later moved to the Norwich area, and he was 61 when he died there in March 1971.
The silver Military Medal – with its distinctive dark blue, red and white striped ribbon – was introduced on March 25, 1916, during the first world war and awarded “for acts of gallantry and devotion to duty under fire.”
The back of the medal is inscribed with the words: “For Bravery In The Field.”
The medal entitled Private Moyse to place the letters MM after his name.
His honour was reported in the Norwich Mercury of September 9, 1944, which noted that he had been awarded the Military Medal alongside Lt Sgt Donald Ernest Everson, from Acle, of the Corps of Royal Engineers.