Outstanding Military Gallantry Medals to be sold in North Yorkshire

The gallantry medals of Brigadier G.W.B. Tarleton, CBE, DSO, MC with Bar are to be sold by Tennants Auctioneers in their specialist Arms, Armour and Militaria Sale to be held on Friday 29th February 2008 in Leyburn, North Yorkshire. This is an exceptional set of medals very rarely seen on the market.

15088-1-0.jpgBrigadier Tarleton’s decorations comprise Commander of the British Empire (1945), Distinguished Service Order (immediate award Sicily), Military Cross with Bar, 1914 Star, British War Medal, the Victory Medal with M.I.D., Indian General Service Medal with the Bar Waziristan (MID), a 1939-45 Star, Africa Star, Italy Star, France and Germany Star (1945), 1939-45 War Medal with M.I.D., the Order of the White Eagle of Serbia, the USA Bronze Star and the Belgium Red Cross Medal First Class (1945). This outstanding group of medals has an estimate of £5,000-£6,000.

Gerald Waldon Browne Tarleton was born on 2 December 1893 and at the outbreak of the First World War was commissioned into the Dublin Fusiliers as a Second Lieutenant. A keen sportsman, he played tennis for Hampshire and the Army and was a follower of cricket at Headingley.

During the Great War he saw action in France and Belgium, Gallipoli, the Balkans and Germany. He was awarded the Military Cross twice (the first was an immediate award in 1915, the second in 1918), having meanwhile received the Order of the White Eagle of Serbia in 1917. When the Dublin Fusiliers were disbanded he transferred to the Border Regiment as their Adjutant.

In the inter-war years he saw service in the UK, Malta, Burma and China and held various staff and brigade appointments in India.

He was promoted to Substantive Captain in 1917, Major in 1931 and Lieutenant Colonel in 1937. In 1937 he commanded the 2nd Battalion, The Border Regiment, and was posted to India until the outbreak of the Second World War when he was ordered back to the UK.

In 1940 he was promoted to Colonel with the rank of acting Brigadier and took command of the 17th Infantry Brigade, part of the 5th Infantry Division. He sailed in 1942 with the 5th Infantry Division for India, but was subsequently diverted to take part in the Madagascar operations with Command Force 121. After these operations he rejoined the 5th Infantry Division in India and took part in their operations in Iraq, Iran, Syria, Palestine and Egypt carrying out assault landings and operations in Sicily.

Handing over the command of the 17th Infantry Brigade, he returned to the UK and in 1944 was appointed Brigadier Liaison at HQ 2nd Army and went with them to the beaches at Normandy. The following year saw him in action in France and Belgium where he took command of the Brussels Garrison. Brigadier Tarleton retired from the Army in 1947 when he took up the position of Secretary for the Yorkshire Brewers Association. He died in 1955 at the age of 62, at his home in Harrogate, North Yorkshire.

Viewing for the sale takes place on Thursday, 28th February from 9am-6pm and on the morning of the sale from 8am-9.30am. Entries are being invited and the closing date is 9th February. For more information please contact Jeff Gardiner or Oonagh Drage at Tennants on +44(0)1969 623780