To get money for his children, a Royal Marine sells his medals for $150,000

To get money for his children, a Royal Marine sells his medals for $150,000

An unmarried father-of-three from Devon named Sgt Maj John Thompson served in Northern Ireland, Afghanistan, and Iraq.

Conspicuous Gallantry Cross (CGC) – an honour one notch below a Victoria Cross for "selfless and daring efforts" - was among the medals.

Before the sale, he remarked that his children "understand that their father is a hero" to them.

The medals were appraised at between £120,000 and £140,000 by auctioneers Dix Noonan Webb, but they sold for £150,000.

Prior to the sale, Sgt Maj Thompson, also known as Tommo, said, "I'm a single parent of a six, eight, and a 21-year-old, and the money will allow me to give the best possibilities for them as they grow up." Fatherhood has been the most rewarding experience of my life, and this is a way for me to show my children how much they mean to me.

As a father, the most important thing to me is that my children know their father is a hero.

He was promoted to the rank of Commando in 1998.

In 2003, he was awarded the Mentioned in Despatches Medal for his heroic rescue of Delta Company comrades trapped in Al Yahudia, Iraq, by hostile troops.

As a result of an ambush he suffered in Afghanistan's Helmand district in January 2007, his company was awarded the CGC.

With his "selfless and fearless acts," he guided his organisation to victory in the fight.