MC group of 3 to Lt Noel M Barclay
A Great War Western Front MC group of three awarded to Lieutenant Noel M Barclay, Royal Engineers, late Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, comprising: Military Cross, Geo. V.; British War and Victory Medals (Lieut. N. M. Barclay); MC unnamed as issued, group loose. Lightly toned good EF. (3). MC LG 26.07.1918. As a Second Lieutenant with the 6th (Renfrewshire) Battalion, Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders (TF), a unit raised in Paisley, Noel Barclay entered active service in France on the 1st of July, 1916. His battalion was allocated as Pioneer Battalion attached to the 5th Division on the Western Front in June 1916. It was during this period of service in France, and prior to his later transfer and promotion to the Royal Engineers at Lieutenant (30th September, 1918) that he was awarded the Millitary Cross: For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When in charge of demolition parties, he was detailed to blow up bridges, on receipt of orders to do so. Owing to the failure of a runner to get through, the demolition party was left in No Mans Land, whereupon he destroyed the bridges with his own initiative, and withdrew through an intense shell and machine-gun fire. Sold with copy MIC, his MC citation in the London Gazette, his LG mention when transferred to the Royal Engineers, and numerous printed pages (including a printed portrait in uniform) pertaining to Lt. Noel Barclays son, Lt. William Noel Barclay, Royal Montreal Regiment, CO of B Company, Canadian Scottish, KIA on the 6th of October 1944, and buried at the Adegem Canadian War Cemetary. His CWGC statement notes Son of Noel McEachren Barclay and Mary Kathleen Barclay, of Westmount, Montreal, Province of Quebec, and he is listed as a graduate of McGill University 1938-40. Terrible Victory by Mark Zuehlke notes a contemporary report that he was considered a very gallant officer and gentleman, (who) fell to the bottom of the boat mortally wounded (p.212).