£7k gongs of Monty driver

Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - NEWS -

MEDALS won by Monty’s wartime driver have sold for £6,960 at auc­tion.

John “Jack” Bur­ford was with Field Mar­shal Mont­gomery from 1942 to the end of fight­ing in 1945.

King Ge­orge VI handed Jack his Mil­i­tary Medal for brav­ery in Si­cily in 1943 and Monty wrote: “His courage un­der fire was an ex­am­ple to us all.”

The Bon­hams sale in Lon­don in­cluded a pic­ture of Jack, of Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, with Monty and Churchill as pas­sen­gers.

He moved to Aus­tralia and died in 2006 aged 85.

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