Jack Burford Winston Churchill

Medals Of The Man Who Drove Churchill Sell For Thousands

"Jack" Burford was driver to passengers including former Prime Minister Winston Churchill and then-General, later Field Marshal Montgomery.

Jack Burford Winston Churchill

One photograph in the sale shows driver Jack Burford at the wheel of his jeep with Winston Churchill. (Picture: Bonhams).

A collection of medals awarded to a World War Two driver have sold for nearly £7,000 at auction.

John "Jack" Burford was a Royal Army Service Corps (RASC) driver to passengers such as former Prime Minister Winston Churchill and then-General, later Field Marshal Montgomery.

His wartime collection of medals were bought for £6,960, including a Military Medal presented by King George VI.

The lot also contained a 1939-1945 Star, Africa Star with 8th Army bar, Italy Star, France and Germany Star, War Medal and Efficiency Medal G.VI.R. with Territorial suspension, as well as a cap badge and photographs.

Then aged 23-years-old, Jack was awarded the Military Medal for gallantry and devotion to duty under fire, after being involved in dangerous missions around Sicily's Mount Etna in August 1943.

Jack Burford King George VI
Jack was presented with his Military Medal by King George VI on May 22, 1944. (Picture: Bonhams).

Field Marshal Montgomery praised Jack in his award citation:

"He never failed or faltered in his duty. His personal courage under fire was an example to us all."

Jack Burford was serving in the Territorial Army when he enlisted in the RASC and was assigned to Monty's headquarters in October 1942.

It was shortly after the General had been appointed commander of the Eighth Army in the Western Desert.

John Millensted, Head of Bonhams Coins and Medals Department said:

"Jack's collection tells a wonderful story of bravery, loyalty and mutual respect between two soldiers at the opposite ends of the Army's pecking order."

Jack Burford died aged 85 in 2006, having never told his family, friends or the media about his wartime experiences driving 'Monty' throughout his greatest campaign triumphs.

Jack Burford's medals
Jack Burford's medal collection. (Picture: Bonhams).
Jack Burford and Monty
Jack driving Field Marshal 'Monty' in his jeep. (Picture: Bonhams).