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1939-45 Shire of Rutherglen (Victoria) appreciation plaque to regimental number '1', 4th Light Horse Officer, Military Cross & Bar & French Croix De Guerre recipient. Plaque 58mm in silvered copper by K G Luke, Melb. Obverse portrait of George VI 'for God, King & Country' around. Reverse with half wreath & '1939-45' - 'Shire of Rutherglen in appreciation.' Chisel cut engraved name 'J.H. Nott.' Set on screw plinth attached to silvered brass tray (119mm dia). Joseph Henry Nott, born Rutherglen, Victoria, 1892. A Grocer, Nott enlisted 20/8/14 & allocated regimental number '1'. Promoted 2nd Lieutenant 10/5/16 to 'D' Squadron & service in France, arriving 17/6/16. Lieut March 1917. Awarded Military Cross (CG 3/6/19): 'For gallantry, initiative & devotion to duty. On 28 August 1918, in the vicinity of Maricourt, when owing to heavy fire, runners from the front line were unable to get back, this officer was sent out with a patrol to gain information. He found a gap in our infantry line, which he succeeded in closing up. He then worked along the whole line and obtained the location of our troops, their company & battalion headquarters, & gave ea of them valuable information as to the locations of our own & enemy troops. This information he successfully carried to divisional headquarters. He was on duty continuously for 14 days, & obtained most valuable & accurate information' & his Bar to MC (CG of same date): 'For conspicuous gallantry while in command of a mounted detachment at Pozieres on 10th September 1918. When the situation was obscure, the attack being on a side front, with pockets of the enemy still holding out, he went forward to gain touch with the flanks. Under intense shell & machine gun fire he carried out a thorough reconnaissance & brought back information of the utmost value. His gallant & capable work has afforded great assistance throughout'. Militia service between the wars. Home service in WW2, enl 1/7/40 & disch as Major 30/11/43, AASC Training Depot. gVF. With copies of service records, citations & research. Scarce plaque to highly decorated 4th ALH Officer with low regimental number. RareAVAILABLE at A$350