A South African WW2 Casualty Group who was twice captured and escaped – awarded to Regimental Sergeant Major James Charles McCoy Graney, South African Army, who was wounded in a blast from a Bomb dropped by a Stuka in North Africa and who was later severely wounded in Italy receiving 7 Bullet wounds from a Schmeiser Machine Pistol that took away part of his right side, back and lung. Comprising 1939- 45 Star, Africa Star, 8th Army Clasp, Italy Star, 1939-45 Defence Medal, 1939-45 War Medal, Africa Service Medal, all officially named (73463 J.C. Graney), toned fine.
James Charles McCoy Graney, 1918-1990, joined the Army in 1939 and served with the 8th Army throughout the North African Campaign. On one occasion his unit was heavily bombarded by Ju87 Stuka Dive Bombers and Graney was wounded in the buttocks by shrapnel. He was captured twice by German troops, on the first occasion he managed to escape and return to his unit, on the second he and other prisoners were abandoned by the Germans and left in the desert to fend for themselves.
He then participated in the Italian campaign where he was severely wounded. On this occasion he was point man carrying a Bren Gun and whilst advancing on an occupied farm house he received seven bullets from a Schmeiser Machine pistol taking out part of his right side, back and lung. He spent six months in a hospital in Rome recovering and then tried to re-join his unit, hopefully to fight against Japan, he was however now medically unfit and sent home.
On return home he was married and after a period of working in various jobs he re-joined the South African Army rising to the rank of Regimental Sergeant Major of Western Province Command until his retirement
Directly from the family with typed account of actions and wounds, various badges and two copy photographs. Housed in two frames.