A group of medals dating from the Iraq War in 2003 will go under the hammer this month - expected to sell for £20,000.

Seven Military Cross medals were awarded to Corporal Anthony William Currie, 1st Battalion, King’s Own Scottish Borderers who came under heavy machine-gun fire near Al Uzayr security base on the night of August 8 2003.

He led his team forward in a prolonged fire fight with over 20 enemy gunmen operating from five different positions.

During the assault, another Iraqi gunman appeared suddenly between the British soldiers and the Iraqi positions, threatening the momentum of the British attack.

Glasgow Times:

Corporal Currie shot the Iraqi dead and then cleared two buildings, wounding two other Iraqis.

His men subsequently recovered one Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) 7 launcher, two RPG grenades and three rifles as well as 1,000 rounds of ammunition.

The following morning, again required to confront heavy machine gun and small arms fire from an enemy in a number of well-prepared positions, Currie took a leading role as his Multiple cleared the insurgents through a combination of suppressing fire and direct assault.

Currie’s involvement in this action - which led to the award of the C.G.C. to Corporal S. G. Jardine - is well documented in Jardine’s personal account which appears in the book In Foreign Fields by Dan Collins.

The war hero retired in 2006 and lives just outside Glasgow, in Motherwell.

Glasgow Times:

The medals will be offered by Dix Noonan Webb in their auction of Orders, Decorations, Medals and Militaria on Wednesday, September 15, and are expected to fetch between £15,000 and £20,000.

Christopher Mellor-Hill, associate director at Dix Noonan Webb said: “Following the sale of Corporal Jardine’s C.G.C in July, we are extremely pleased to be offering Corporal Tony Currie’s Military Cross as the other part of that story that does credit to all the soldiers of the Kings Own Scottish Borderers at that time.

“Tony Currie, who lives just outside Glasgow, had decided to sell prior to Cpl Jardine with the same intention to establish a home for himself but had delayed its sale until now.”