Single Campaign Medals post 1902
General Service Medal E2 clasp Arabian Peninsula, Flight Lieutenant, Royal Air Force Regiment
General Service Medal E2 clasp Arabian Peninsula
Flt Lt W M Shevlin RAF
With details extracted from on line sources, with copy documents relating to the award from Jordan, copy death certificate and other research listed here and a miniature Jordan Order of the Istiqlal Third Class.
William Maurice Shevlin was born in India 5th April 1914, he first served in the Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment (Private No 814938) and was discharged on what appears to be medical grounds on 15th October 1934. He served as a Sergeant in the Palestine Police from 1st August 1935 to 4th July 1947, his address on enlistment is recorded as 59 Elmfield Road, Balham, London SW. He received the General Service Medal GVI clasps Palestine and Palestine 1945-48 TNA WO100/510 pages 97 and 271 refer. On leaving the Palestine Police he joined the Arab Legion.
Awarded the Insignia of the Order of the Istiqlal Third Class by the King of Jordan in recognition of valuable services rendered as an officer of the Arab Legion in 1947, permission to wear the Decoration being granted by HM The Queen 26th February 1948. Appointment to a commission as Flying Officer (502135) in the Royal Air Force Regiment, short service (six years on the active list and four years on the reserve) 17th November 1951 with seniority 18th February 1948. Promoted Flight Lieutenant RAF Regiment 18th May 1956 (London Gazette 17th July 1956 page 4140). Awarded the MBE in the New Years Honours List London Gazette 1st January 1958 page 9 for services whilst serving as Intelligence Officer in Aden (there were three Flight Lieutenants of the RAF Regiment serving in Aden at this time, all three were awarded the MBE- AS Jarvis, AB Mcguire and WM Shevlin. Retired from the Royal Air Force 31st August 1968 as Flight Lieutenant on account of medical unfitness for RAF service (London Gazette 3rd September 1968 page 9588). Employed as a Security Officer he died at his home, The Mansions, 2 Bramham Gardens, Kensington, London on 7th October 1976.
A rare GSM to a decorated RAF Regiment officer.
NEF £350 Available
General Service Medal GVI clasp Palestine, Corporal, Royal Air Force, as a Warrant Officer was Mentioned in Despatches for gallant and distinguished services during the allied landings at ANZIO, the award being UNIQUE to the Royal Air Force.
General Service Medal GVI clasp Palestine
517682 Cpl W A Reading RAF
With copy London Gazette entry and service record.
William Alfred Reading enlisted as an Aircraft Hand in July 1934 before posting to 201 Squadron in November. Posted to the Electrical and Wireless School in April 1935, posted to 15 Squadron in Iraq 1936-38, where he may have flown as a backseater, posted to Heliopolis until December 1938. His next posting was to RAF Ramleh, where he earned the GSM clasp Palestine, before returning to the Home Establishment in April 1939.
Reading spent the early war with No 1 Electrical and Wireless School followed by a stay in hospital, followed by two postings to unreadable stations before he went to Combined Signals School, HMS Dundonald from 8 October 1942 to 31 May 1944, encompassing the period of Operation Shingle (Anzio) January – June 1944. Mentioned in Despatches London Gazette 5th May 1944 page 2127 “For outstanding skill, resolution and devotion to duty in successful landings at Anzio”. Unusually, this was a Naval Despatch, the award being UNIQUE to the Royal Air Force. His final posting was to No 105 (Combined Operations) Wing, Leuchars, 31 May 1944, released from service in November 1945.
The Medal virtually as issued, dark toned.
EF £350 Available
Naval General Service Medal E2 clasp Near East, Merchant Navy served aboard SS New Australia
Naval General Service Medal E2 clasp Near East
Mr George McTernan was a Merchant Seaman, Discharge Book Number R512342 who served aboard the SS New Australia during the 1956 Suez Operations, Medal issued 2nd March 1963.
The SS New Australia was requisitioned by the UK Government for the Suez Operations on 3rd August 1956, by 7th October 1956 a total of 81 Merchant Vessels had been taken into service for what was to be known as Operation Musketeer. New Australia had previously been employed on the migrant service UK to Australia and was requisitioned with the agreement of the Australian Government. Embarking troops at Southampton on 1st November she sailed with Asturias and Dilwara and arrived off Port Said on 10th November with soldiers from the 3rd Infantry Division. New Australia carried soldiers from the Royal West Kent Regiment who relieved 2 PARA, embarking the PARA’s and transporting them to Cyprus. She returned to Port Said for the withdrawal and embarked soldiers on 14th and 15th December 1956.
Toned and fairly scarce to Merchant Seamen.
GVF £145 Available