Ornamental Greek cross in silver (H 49mm x W 44mm), the arms of which flare slightly at the extremities. Design: 'GRI' cypher, overlaid, in the centre of smaller raised Greek cross superimposed upon the principal cross. At the end of each arm of the principal cross an Imperial crown. Suspender: straight bar, slotted, connected to piece via circular link. Ribbon (width 35mm): purple & white (white/purple/white). Bar (when awarded) design: straight bar with Imperial crown.
[Note: medals OMD 1349-1351 are in a specially made glass-topped display case and are firmly secured to a velvet covered base; it is impossible to inspect the medal ribbons completely without damaging the velvet furnishing]
First World War Military Cross awarded to Viscount Allenby's son, 2nd Lieutenant Horace Michael Hynman Allenby during his service with the Royal Horse Artillery on the Western Front. The MC was granted for his part in a rescue and reconnaissance operation in 'no man's land' on 16 September 1916. Lieutenant Allenby was killed in action on 29 July 1917.
Associated items : see also medals awarded to recipient's father, Field Marshal Sir Edmund Allenby
First World War MC awarded to Lieutenant Horace Michael Hynman Allenby, 'T' Battery, Royal Horse Artillery, who was killed in action on the Western Front, aged 19, on 29 July 1917. He is buried in Coxyde Military Cemetery, West Flanders, Belgium.
Reference : Gardner, B : 1965 : Allenby : Cassell, London pp 95-96 and 145- 147