THE VICTORIA CROSS AND CAMPAIGN MEDALS AWARDED TO CAPTAIN OF THE AFTERGUARD JAMES GORMAN, ROYAL NAVY, HAVE BEEN SOLD AT AUCTION BY DIX NOONAN WEBB, OF LONDON.
15 October 2020


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Medal entitlement of Captain of the Afterguard James Gorman,
Royal Navy ( Naval Brigade )

  • Victoria Cross
  • Crimea Medal ( 1854-56 )
    • 2 clasps:
    • "Inkermann" - "Sebastopol"
  • 2nd China War Medal ( 1857-60 )
    • 1 clasp:
    • "Canton 1857"
  • Turkish Crimea Medal ( 1854-55 )


The impressive Victoria Cross and campaign medals awarded to Captain of the Afterguard James Gorman, Royal Navy ( Naval Brigade ) have been sold at auction by Dix Noonan Webb of London. The VC group was included in Part-1 of the sale of Australian Warwick Cary's medal collection. The estimated sale price was between £120,000 and £160,000.

The sale hammer price realised £240,000. The identity of the purchaser has not been revealed.


NOTE:
The James Gorman VC group is located in Western Australia. Any purcheser wishing to export these medals outside of Australia should note that an export permit may be required even though Gormanís name is not included on the 'Australian Protection of Movable Cultural Heritage Act 1986'. Payment will not become due from any successful purchaser residing outside of Australia that wishes to export the lot until such a permit has been issued. In the event that an export permit is refused the sale will be cancelled.


For the award of the Victoria Cross

[ London Gazette, 24 February 1857 ], Inkermann, Crimean War, 5 November 1854, Seaman James Gorman, Royal Navy ( Naval Brigade ).

At the battle of Inkerman, 5th November 1854, when the Right Lancaster battery was attacked, these three seamen ( * ) mounted the banquette, and, under a heavy fire, made use of the disabled soldiers' muskets, which were loaded for them by others under the parapet. They are the survivors of five who performed the above action.

( * ) See also Seaman Thomas Reeves and Seaman Mark Scholefield, Royal Navy ( Naval Brigade )

( Letter from Sir Stephen Lushington, Commander Naval Brigade, 7th June 1856 )

James Gorman was invested with his Victoria Cross by the Commanding Officer of HMS "Elk" in China.


James Gorman died in Sydney on the 18th October 1882 and was buried in the Pioneer's Memorial Park, Leichardt, New South Wales. His grave is no longer marked.

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Iain Stewart, 15 October 2020