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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 30, July 23, 2006, Article 24

AUSTRALIAN'S GALLIPOLI VICTORIA CROSS TO BE AUCTIONED

Victoria Cross fever continues.  According to a report, "A rare
Victoria Cross from the Gallipoli campaign is set to break auction
records when it goes under the hammer next week.

The last of nine medals awarded to Australians who fought in the
First World War campaign still in private hands, it was awarded to
Captain Alfred John Shout, the most decorated soldier with the
Australian Imperial Force (AIF).

His collection of medals, including the Victoria Cross are expected
to sell for between £500,000AUD (Australian dollars) and $1mAUD
(£200,000 to £400,000).

The current record for the sale of a Victoria Cross is £235,250
in 2004."

"Tim Goodman, the CEO of Bonhams & Goodman’s who are auctioning
the medal said: "Interest in such medals continues to rise. There
are more buyers emerging locally and internationally that we expected."

"Captain Shout fought in the Boer war and later migrated to
Australia with his wife and daughter in 1905. He is said to have
lived in Darlington, Sydney where he worked as a carpenter.

The-then Lieutenant Shout led a bayonet charge into unknown
territory facing continual machine gun fire from the Turks two
days after landing at Anzac cove in April 1915."

To read the complete article, see: Full Story

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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