British Empire Medal E2 (Civil), Imperial Service Medal E2 with a quantity of original documentation and photo to Mr George Smithson, Senior Marine Survey Assistant, Ministry of Transport, Hull, a career that spanned 26 years from 1940 to 1966. Awarded the BEM in the New Year’s Honours List 1962 and the ISM on his retirement in September 1966.

British Empire Medal E2 (Civil)

George Smithson

Imperial Service Medal E2

George Smithson

With copy London Gazette entries and headers for both awards, both Medals with investiture / award pin brooches nd contained in their Royal Mint fitted cases of issue.

With original ISM award certificate in envelope, photograph of Mr Smithson being presented with the BEM by Lord Chesham, Joint Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Transport on 30th March 1962 in envelope addressed “Mr G Smithson, 5 Bridlington Avenue, Bridlington Street, Hull”, letter of congratulations in addressed envelope from The Principal Officer, Ministry of Transport dated 3rd January 1962, letter of congratulations from Vice Admiral John Hughes Hallett, CB, DSO, MP Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Transport dated 1st January 1962 in addressed envelope, letter of congratulations from Sir James Dunnett, KCB, CMG, Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Transport dated 29th December 1961, letter inviting him to be presented with his BEM at St Christopher House, Southwark Street, London SE1 dated 13th February 1962, Buckingham Palace award letter for BEM, letter from Admiralty House, Whitehall dated 27th December 1961 notifying Mr Smithson he has been awarded the BEM, in envelope, letter from the Board of Trade dated 21st June 1966 –

“Dear Mr Smithson, I am sorry to learn that you are having to retire on account of ill health, and I am writing on behalf of the Board of Trade to thank you for all the good work you have done during an official career of 26 years. I should like you to know that the loyal, conscientious and efficient way in which you have always carried out your duties has been much appreciated. You will be greatly missed by your colleagues, and it gave them great satisfaction when you were awarded the BEM in the 1962 New Year’s Honours. I do hope that with rest and care your health will improve, and I am sure your friends and colleagues would wish to join me in sending you the very best wishes for the future”. signed W G Moffitt.

BEM London Gazette 1st January 1962 page 30 “Senior Marine Survey Assistant, Hull, Ministry of Transport”

ISM London Gazette 1st September 1966 page 9675 “Senior Marine Survey Assistant, Hull, Board of Trade”.

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British Empire Medal GVI (Civil), Imperial Service Medal GVI 2nd type to Mr Frederick James Smith, Chief Inspector of Messengers, London Telecommunications Region. Awarded the BEM in the New Year’s Honours List 1942 for his services during the London Blitz 1940 to 1941 and the Imperial Service Medal on his retirement in January 1950.

British Empire Medal GVI (Civil)

Frederick James Smith

Imperial Service Medal GVI 2nd type

Frederick James Smith BEM

With copy London Gazette entries and headers for both awards, both Medals with investiture / award pin brooches, the ISM in Royal Mint fitted case of issue.

BEM London Gazette 1st January 1941 page 31 “Chief Inspector of Telegraph Messengers Central Telegraph Office”

ISM London Gazette 20th January 1950 page 256 “Chief Inspector of Messengers, London Telecommunications Region”.

Dark toned

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Military Cross GV, British War & Victory Medals with Mentioned in Despatches Oakleaf, Long Service & Good Conduct Medal Royal Navy Victoria, Annuity Meritorious Service Medal Army GV, Belgium Chevalier of the Order of  Crown, Belgium Croix De Guerre (2) to Major Robert William Benjamin Sims, Hampshire Regiment late Northumberland Fusiliers and Royal Marine Artillery born in Portsmouth in 1865. Attesting for the Royal Marine Artillery in June 1881 he rose to QM Sergeant Instructor of Musketry and in June 1900 was promoted Regimental Sergeant Major on transfer to the 3rd Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers. A Marksman he represented both the Royal Marines and the Army at Bisley where he won numerous Medals and Trophies. Discharged to pension in June 1906. Volunteering his services on the outbreak of the First World War he was commissioned QM & Lieutenant in October 1914 of the newly formed 14th (1st Portsmouth) Battalion Hampshire Regiment, Lieutenant November 1914 he rose to Major by May 1918. Awarded the MC for distinguished services in Italy as Assistant Provost Marshall 41st Division, he was Mentioned in Despatches by FM Sir Douglas Haig in 1917, awarded three Belgian Decorations and an Annuity MSM in 1935. Relinquishing his commission in November 1920 he retired to his home city of Portsmouth and died there in 1955 aged 91 years. A UNIQUE combination of awards.

Military Cross GV

Unnamed as awarded

British War & Victory Medals with MID Oakleaf

Major R W B Simms

Long Service & Good Conduct Medal Royal Navy Victoria

R W B Simms Sergt No 1981 RMA

Annuity Meritorious Service Medal Army GV

SJT MJR R W B Simms MC North’d Fus

Belgium Chevalier of The Crown and Croix De Guerre (2)

Unnamed as awarded

With a folder of research and copy photos, original Mentioned in Despatches Certificate (Haig’s Despatch of 7th November 1917), original Croix De Guerre award certificate dated 13th December 1918 and a second award letter dated 12th October 1921. The research was undertaken 25 years ago and can be enhanced, there is no RMA service record or 1WW officers record.

Robert William Benjamin Simms was born 11th August 1865 and attested for the Royal Marine Artillery 11th June 1881 (RMA.1981) serving with them until 5th June 1900 reaching the rank of QM Sergeant Instructor of Musketry, he transferred to the Army as Regimental Sergeant Major (6569) of the 3rd Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers based at Strensall Camp, York. A marksman, Simms represented his Regiment at Bisley and won many medals and trophies, he was discharged to pension 11th June 1906.

Volunteering his services on the outbreak of the First World War he was commissioned Quartermaster & Lieutenant 28th October 1914 of the Portsmouth Battalion Hampshire Regiment, later designated 14th (1st Portsmouth) Battalion. Lieutenant 30th November 1914, Captain 11th March 1915, Major 1st May 1918. Transferring to the General List 21st April 1917 and appointed Assistant Provost Marshall (Graded as Staff Captain). Post Armistice he was appointed Camp Commandant 1st July 1920 and relinquished his commission 10th November 1920. He retired to Portsmouth and died there in 1955.

Military Cross London Gazette 3rd June 1918 ‘For distinguished service in connection with Military operations in Italy’. At the time he was serving as Assistant Provost Marshall with 41st Division which had been sent to the Italian front in November 1917, returning to France in March 1918.

Belgium Croix De Guerre (1) London Gazette 21st August 1919 page 10604

Belgium Croix De Guerre (2) London Gazette 4th September 1919 page 11213

Belgium Chevalier Order of The Crown London Gazette 21st August 1919 page 10604

Mentioned in Despatches FM Sir Douglas Haig (France) London Gazette 11th December 1917 page 12920

Meritorious Service Medal awarded Army Order 16 dated 31st January 1935

From The St George’s Gazette dated November 1955 –

Obituary Robert William Benjamin Simms, MC, 80 Wadham Road, North End, Portsmouth.

“Sergeant Major R W B Simms, who’s death took place at Portsmouth on Monday 17th December will be remembered by many old Fifth Fusiliers during the period he was Regimental Sergeant Major of the 3rd Battalion. He was 93 years of age. Simms was transferred from the Royal Marines to the Fifth on promotion to Sergeant Major on 5th June 1900. He joined the 3rd Battalion in Strensall Camp, York, with which he served until April 1906, when he was discharged to pension having served his country for 25 years. Besides being a keen soldier, he was a thorough sportsman, and one of the picked shots of the Army. He represented the Regiment at Bisley, receiving many medals and trophies. One has only to refer to back numbers of the St George’s Gazette to read his history as a marksman. He re-joined the forces on the outbreak of the First World War. Posted to the Hampshire Regiment, eventually receiving a commission in France, during which period he earned the Military Cross and the Croix De Guerre. He eventually reached the rank of Major, and for a while was Assistant Provost Martial…….he leaves a widow”.

Centre enamel missing on Order of The Crown otherwise

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Crimea Medal 1854-56 clasp Sebastopol, Turkish Crimea Medal British issue, Royal Humane Society Small Silver Medal Successful to William Beale, Chief Officer HM Coast Guard late Coxswain Royal Navy born in Shropstow, Northampton in 1827. Entering the Royal Navy as a Boy 2nd Class in November 1844, he was awarded the RHS Silver Medal for his gallantry in assisting in the rescue of 48 seaman shipwrecked during a storm on 14th and 15th November 1854 in the Black Sea. Serving aboard HMS Queen, he took one of her cutters to rescue those shipwrecked, coming under fire from Russian soldiers on the cliffs above, one of Queen’s seamen being shot through the head. The recommendation being made by Admiral Frederick F Mitchell in 1866, who at the time of the incident was Captain of HMS Queen.

Crimea Medal 1854-56 clasp Sebastopol

Unnamed as awarded to Royal Navy & Royal Marines

Turkish Crimea Medal British issue

Unnamed as awarded

Royal Humane Society small Silver Medal Successful

William Beale Coxn RN 14th & 15th November 1854

William Beale was born in Shropstow, Northampton 17th May 1827 and entered the Royal Navy as Boy 2nd Class 27th November 1844 aboard HMS Wolfe. Joining HMS Queen 2nd July 1852 as Able Seaman, he was advanced to Leading Seaman 1st August 1853, rated Coxswain of the Cutter 26th September 1854, Captain of the Main Top 26th November 1855 and Busun’s Mate 4th January 1856 all aboard HMS Queen. Taking part in the bombardment of Fort Sebastopol, Queen was forced to retire several times hit and on fire. Transferring to HM Coast Guard as Boatman 14th July 1857, serving mainly on the south coast including Southsea Castle 1859 to 1860. He rose to Chief Officer 24th February 1872 and was discharged to pension 24th May 1882. Awarded the RHS Silver Medal Successful for a most unusual rescue during the Crimean War under fire from Russian soldiers who shot dead one seaman during the rescue process. Admiral Michell determined to reward Hunter and Beale for their gallantry.

With a letter from the Royal Humane Society dated 5th May 1875 titled ‘Extract from a letter from Admiral F F Michell, Northgate Hose, Tobus dated December 22nd, 1866.


“Commander James Edward Hunter, late Mate in HMS Queen under my command, off The Katcha in the Black Sea, in the heavy gale of 14th November 1854 was the only officer who volunteered for the dangerous service of saving shipwrecked seamen; and also William Beale, the Coxswain of one of the cutters (who’s zeal and example were most praiseworthy), in the cutter and jolly boat made two trips to the wrecks before night on the afternoon of the 15th November and brought back forty eight men.

I trust that although such a lapse of time has taken place since this service was performed, that the committee will kindly take my appeal under their consideration. The Queen’s boats were under fire from the Russian troops on the cliffs above them, and had one man shot through the head. The conduct of Mr Hunter, the youngest officer employed, and that of Mr Beale was so exemplary under such circumstances, that a Medal would well second the public approbation I bestowed on them and theur crews, on the Queen’s quarterdeck”.

The hurricane strength storm in the Black Sea 14th to 15th November 1854 resulted in the loss of 41 ships.

Contact wear therefore

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British Empire Medal GVI (Civil Division) to Able Seaman Jeremiah Holman, Merchant Navy from Belloram, Newfoundland. Awarded the BEM for his bravery and endurance when his ship SS Earlston was torpedoed and sunk by the German U-334 whilst part of Russian Convoy PQ17, she had previously come under JU 88 air attack which damaged a Steam Launch she was transporting. Holman spent seven days adrift in a crowded Lifeboat under command of the Second Officer who became ‘Prostrate with illness’. Aided by Able Seaman Hooper and Folwell, the trio took over the handling of the craft until they landed on the Rabachi Peninsula, Russia, it was largely due to their efforts that 33 survivors were saved. Convoy PQ17 known as ‘The Convoy to hell’ lost 24 of its 35 Merchant ships.

British Empire Medal (Civil Division) GVI

Jeremiah Holman

With copy London Gazette entry & headers, copies from awards file and other research listed here.

Jeremaih Holman was born in Belloram, Newfoundland, the awards file recording this as his home, employed by the Carlton Steamship Company, Maritime Buildings, Newcastle upon Tyne as an Able Seaman he was aboard the SS Earlston in 1942, part of Convoy PQ17. Earlston carried a cargo of 2,005 tons of military stores including 195 vehicles, a steam launch and 33 aircraft. On the morning of 5th July 1942 she came under air attack by JU88 dive bombers of 111/KG30 based at Banak, Norway, the steam launch on her upper deck being badly damaged by a bomb. At 1747 the same day she was hit by two torpedoes from the German U-334 in the North Atlantic, SW of Iceland and the order to abandon was given. The Master and three DEMS Gunners were taken prisoner, 23 crew and 3 passengers were lost and the survivors entered two lifeboats one commanded by the Chief Officer who landed in Norwegian occupied territory and the other by the Second Officer who became prostrate with illness. After seven days adrift his life boat landed on the Rabachi Peninsula.

BEM London Gazette 6th October 1942 page 4349

‘When his ship was sunk the Second Officer rook charge of the navigation of a crowded boat and brought her people to land after seven days. When he himself was prostrate with illness, the handling of the craft was carried on by Able Seaman Folwell, Holman and Hooper. It was largely due to their untiring efforts and example that the lives of the 33 survivors were saved’.

Convoy PQ 17 was the code name for an allied convoy in the Arctic Ocean in 1942. In July 1942, the Arctic convoys suffered severe losses when Convoy PQ 17 lost 24 of its 35 merchant ships during a series of heavy enemy daylight attacks which lasted a week. The German success was possible through German Signals Intelligence  (SIGINT) and cryptological analysis. On 27th June, the ships sailed eastbound from Hvalfjord, Iceland  for the port of Arkhangelsk, Soviet Union . The convoy was located by German Forces  on 1st July, after which it was shadowed continuously and attacked. The convoy’s progress was being observed by the British Admiralty. The First Sea Lord Admiral Dudley Pound, acting on information that German surface units , including the German Battleship Tirpitz, were moving to intercept, ordered the covering force  away from the convoy and told the convoy to scatter. However, due to vacillation by the German High Command, the Tirpitz raid never materialised. The convoy was the first joint Anglo-American Naval operation under British command in the war.

As the close escort and the covering cruiser forces withdrew westward to intercept the presumed German raiders, the individual merchant ships were left without their escorting destroyers. In their ensuing attempts to reach the appointed Russian ports, the merchant ships were repeatedly attacked by the Luftwaffe and U-Boats . Of the initial 35 ships, only 11 reached their destination, delivering 70,000 short tons (64,000 t) of cargo. The disastrous outcome of the convoy demonstrated the difficulty of passing adequate supplies through the Arctic, especially during the summer period of perpetual daylight.

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British Empire Medal GVI (Military), 1939/45 Defence & War Medals to Corporal Mildred Wilson, Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS).

British Empire Medal GVI (Military)

W/38559 Cpl Mildred Wilson ATS

1939/45 Defence & War Medals

Unnamed as issued

With copy London Gazette entry and header for BEM, flattened wartime economy BEM cardboard presentation box, original letter from Buckingham Palace forwarding the BEM.

BEM London Gazette 13th June 1946 page 2808

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Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) in silver gilt and enamels, Egypt Medal reverse dated 1882 no clasp, Queen’s South Africa Medal clasps Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal, King’s South Africa Medal clasps South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902, Khedives Star dated 1882 to Colonel Edgar Henry Burney, Royal Berkshire Regiment. Born in St Martin, Jersey in 1860 the son of a Captain, Royal Navy who was also to be awarded the Companion of the Order of the Bath. Commissioned 2/Lieutenant 49th Regiment of Foot in January 1879, he took part in the 1882 Egypt Expedition with the 1st Battalion, including the surrender of Kafr Dowar. Appointed Adjutant to the 2nd Battalion 1884 to 1887, attached Army Ordnance Department at Woolwich 1888 to 1893, appointed Adjutant of Militia in 1894 he was promoted Lt Colonel 29th August 1900 and commanded the 2nd Battalion in South Africa from October 1900 to October 1901. Commanding the centre lines of communications and No 4 Mobile Column in the Transvaal he was Mentioned in Despatches and created a Companion of the Order of the Bath in September 1901. Promoted to Colonel on his retirement in August 1904, he died the following year in Paris at the age of only 44 years.

Companion of the Order of the Bath silver gilt and enamels with ribbon brooch suspender

Unnamed as awarded

Egypt Medal reverse dated 1882 no clasp

Lieut E Burney 1/Berks Regt

Queen’s South Africa Medal clasps Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal

Lt Col E H Burney Rl Berks Rgt

King’s South Africa Medal clasps South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902

Lt Col E H Burney CB R Berks Rgt

With copy London Gazette entries and headers for CB and MID, research details extracted from The Army List and on line records. A series of photographs of Colonel Burney are held by the Regimental Museum (The Wardrobe) their catalogue can be viewed on line.

Edgar Henry Burney was born in St Martin, Jersey 17th August 1860, the son of Captain Charles Burney, CB, Royal NAVY (Superintendent of the Royal Hospital School, Greenwich 1870 to 1887) and his wife Catherine (nee Jones), baptised at St Martin, Jersey 17th August 1860, the 1861 census records he is 8 months old living with his mother and servants (father at sea) in St Martin. Commissioned 2/Lieutenant 49th Foot 22nd January 1879, promoted Lieutenant 8th April 1880, Captain 10th December 1884 and served as Adjutant to the 2nd Battalion 1884 to 1887. Attached to the Army Ordnance Department 1888 to 1893, the 1891 census records he is residing at 28 Hill Street, Woolwich, London married to Marguerita Cecile born in Luxemburg but from a Jersey family. Promoted Major 2nd November 1894 and appointed Adjutant 4th Militia Battalion Manchester Regiment 1893 to 1898, promoted Lt Colonel 29th August 1900 and Colonel 29th August 1904 on his retirement, the father of two children born in Weymouth in 1893 and Germany in 1898.

His overseas service included Gibraltar 8th March 1881 to 17th July 1882, Malta 18th July 1882 to 22nd July 1882, Egypt 23rd July 1882 to 11th April 1883 including the surrender of Kafr Dowar 5th August 1882 (Medal & Khedives Star), Gibraltar 27th September 1883 to 15th June 1884 and again from 28th January 1900 to 8th September 1900. Commanded the 2nd Battalion in South Africa from 27th October 1900 to 11th October 1901, Commanded Lines of Communication Middle Section Transvaal January to 10th May 1901, commanded No 4 Mobile Column Transvaal from May to July 1901. Operations in the Transvaal east of Pretoria October and November 1900, Operations in the Transvaal November 1900 to July 1901, Operations in cape Colony July to October 1901, and May 1902. Mentioned in Despatches London Gazette 10th September 1901, Companion of the Bath London Gazette 27th September 1901 page 6317.

Colonel Burney died in Neuilly, Paris 16th June 1905 aged 44 years.

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Distinguished Service Medal GVI, British Empire Medal GVI (Military), Naval General Service Medal GVI clasp Palestine 1936-39, 1939/45 Star, Africa Star clasp North Africa 1942-43, Atlantic Star, War Medal, Long Service & Good Conduct Medal Royal Navy GVI 1st type to Commissioned Engineer (Sub Lieutenant) Charles Stanley Carter, Royal Navy born in July 1905 in Penzance, Cornwall. Entering the Royal Navy in January 1921, he rose steadily through the ranks being advanced to Chief Engine Room Artificer in January 1937. Joining HMS Broke in July 1939, the ship taking part in the evacuation of troops from St Nazaire, France in June 1940. Awarded the BEM for his skill when Broke rescued 180 survivors from the Armed Merchant Cruiser Comorin  which caught fire on 6th April 1941 and eventually sank in mid Atlantic during severe weather conditions. Awarded the DSM for Operation Torch she landed US troops in Algiers, Broke came under a heavy fire from Vichy French shore batteries but landed troops despite being badly damaged. Disabled by further fire as she withdrew she sank two days later. Promoted to Warrant Engineer in September 1944, he retired in 1949 as a Commissioned Engineer and died in Plymouth in 1970.

Distinguished Service Medal GVI

M.36157 C S Carter CERA

British Empire Medal GVI (Military)

Chief ERA Charles Stanley Carter D/M.36157

Naval General Service Medal GVI clasp Palestine 1936-39

M.36157 C S Carter ERA2 RN

1939/45 Star, Africa Star clasp North Africa 1942-43, Atlantic Star, War Medal

Unnamed as issued

Long Service & Good Conduct Medal Royal Navy GVI 1st type

M.36157 C S Carter CERA 2 HMS Fearless

With copy service records, London Gazette entries and headers for BEM and DSM, copy recommendations for both awards. The group mounted for wear, not particularly well, in the wrong order.

Charles Stanley Carter was born in Penzance, Cornwall 2nd July 1905. A Scholar he entered the Royal Navy 29th January 1921 as an Artificer Apprentice, completing his Apprenticeship at Fisgard 1st July 1925 and rated ERA5, advanced to ERA3 at Vivid 1st July 1929, ERA2 aboard HMS Adventure 1st July 1933, acting CERA2 aboard HMS Fame 20th January 1937, he was confirmed in that rate aboard HMS Fearless 20th January 1938 and awarded the LSGC Medal aboard this ship 7th June 1938. Joining HMS Broke 31st July 1939, the ship taking part in the evacuation of troops from St Nazaire in June 1940. Awarded both the BEM and DSM whist serving aboard this ship.

BEM London Gazette 8th July 1944 page 3915 ‘For courage and seamanship in rescuing survivors from a burning vessel’

‘One of HM Ships the SS Comorin caught fire at sea (on 6th April 1941). The fire spread quickly and it was decided to abandon ship. Heavy weather made the removal of the crew difficult. By fine seamanship a Destroyer was brought along side, and the greater part of the crew taken off. In this operation acting Leading Seaman Cook (awarded BEM) was conspicuous. He took the lead in helping survivors who were hurt as they jumped aboard. He worked untiringly, with no regard for his own safety. Chief Engine Room Artificer Carter did fine work during three and a half hours of delicate handling. 685 orders were transmitted to the Engine Room during this time. The names of these two men are put forward as representative of the skill, devotion and courage displayed throughout the action by the lower deck and Engine Room’.

HMS Broke recued 180 survivors, HMS Lincoln and HMS Glenarty also took survivors, 405 of the 426 on board were rescued. SS Comorin sank in mid Atlantic.

DSM London Gazette  6th April 1943 page 1583 ‘For outstanding gallantry and zeal in the Engine Room of HMS Broke throughout the hazardous operations when the Allied Forces were landed in North Africa in November 1942, Operation Terminal’.

Originally recommended for a Mention in Despatches but this upgraded to the DSM, the recommendation states –

‘This man’s bearing and leadership in action were of the highest order and had a most excellent steadying effect. He was also untiring in his efforts in after action damage control. The high state of effectiveness of the Engine Room Department was largely due to his zeal and energy’.

On 8 November 1942 Broke, together with the Destroyer Malcolm took part in Operation Terminal  part of Operation Torch , the Allied invasion of French North Africa. In “Terminal”, the two Destroyers were to attempt to land infantry directly onto the portside in Algiers in the hope of capturing the port facilities and preventing their destruction by the Vichy French. It was hoped that either complete surprise would be achieved or that the defenders would support the invasion to the extent at least of refusing to fire on the attackers. However, the Vichy forces opened fire on the ships, damaging them heavily. Malcolm was forced to withdraw, but Broke had better luck. On her third attempt, she sliced through the boom and succeeded in landing her troops under fire on the Quai de Fécamp, four hours after the operation started. Broke continued to receive heavy fire and was forced to withdraw at 1030, the unseasoned US troops she landed were quickly taken prisoner. roke was again hit by shore batteries when withdrawing which compounded on earlier damage. She was taken in tow by the Destroyer Zetland, but sank two days later on 10th November at position 36.50N 00.40E.

Promoted to Warrant Engineer 18th September 1944, and to Commissioned Engineer with the same seniority he retired in 1949 and died in Plymouth in 1970.

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