Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Medal posthumously awarded to Falklands bomb disposal expert for bravery fetches world record of £118,000 at auction

A medal awarded posthumously to a bomb disposal expert who was killed while trying to defuse a huge missile in the Falklands War has sold for the record-breaking sum of £118,000. Staff Sergeant Jim Prescott, 37, died instantly when the 1,000lbs bomb went off on board HMS Antelope, which sank the following day. A photograph of the frigate engulfed in an enormous fireball became one of the defining images of the 1982 conflict with Argentina.After his death Sgt Prescott, of the Royal Engineers, was awarded the Conspicuous Gallantry Medal for his brave actions - the only one handed out during the war. On the 30th anniversary of the Falklands War, his family have sold the medal for £118,000, a record price for a CGM and nearly 12 times the estimated value.They decided to auction it after Sgt Prescott’s bomb disposal partner, Warrant Officer John Phillips, recently sold the Distinguished Service Cross he won for the same incident for £120,000.Read More HERE R.I.P.