Single Campaign Medals post 1902
Naval General Service Medal E2 clasps Cyprus, Near East, Marine, Royal Marines Commando
Naval General Service Medal E2 clasps Cyprus, Near East
RM.14673 C J Hedges Mne RM
Served with 45 Commando in Cyprus and Near East (Suez 1956) appears on Near East Medal roll as a member of 45 Commando.
On 31st March 1952, 45 Commando sailed for Malta from Malaya, it carried out training while based on Malta, and in May 1953 deployed to the Suez Canal Zone protecting ammunition dumps and carrying out amphibious exercises in the eastern Mediterranean. Returning to Malta in August 1954, they conducted training exercises in North Africa and deployed from Malta to Cyprus in September 1955 for operations against EOKA terrorists. Initially operating from Kyrenia on the north coast, 45 Commando then deployed to the Troodos Mountains and in February 1956 formed a ski Troop. Returning to Malta 16th August 1956 to prepare for the Suez landings Operation Musketeer. Landed at Port Said 6th November 1956 in what was the first helicopter deployment of troops in battle. Withdrawn to Malta end of November. Deploying to Tripoli for training, 45 Commando returned to Cyprus May to October 1957 and again July to December 1958.
Clasps riveted together with silver rod.
NEF £250 SOLD
General Service Medal E2 clasp Malaya, Trooper, Royal Armoured Corps
General Service Medal E2 clasp Malaya
22822913 Tpr D C Breeze RAC
David Charles Breeze was born in Plymouth 9th October 1934, the 1939 Register records he is residing with his family at 89 Embankment Road, Plymouth. Almost certainly a National Service Man, he returned to Plymouth following his Military service and died there in 1993.
Medal purchased in Plymouth.
NEF £60 SOLD
South Atlantic Medal with Rosette, Junior Catering Rating, Royal Fleet Auxiliary Ship Olna
South Atlantic Medal with Rosette
J/C/R G Howard RFA Olna
On 10th May 1982 RFA Olna sailed from Devonport as part of the HMS Bristol Task Force for service during Operation Corporate- the Falklands Conflict – with 848 Naval Air Squadron “B” Flight embarked – 2 x Wessex HU5 helicopters. The ships were the Type 82 Destroyer HMS Bristol, the Leander class frigates HMS’s Andromeda, Minerva and Penelope, the Type 21 Frigates HMS’s Active and Avenger while the Type 42 Destroyer HMS Cardiff joined from Gibraltar during the passage southwards. On 23d May 1882 RFA Olna entered the TEZ ( Total Exclusion Zone) around the Falkland Islands and began re-fuelling tasks, on 17th September 1982 she arrived at Portsmouth and berthed on the Gosport Oil Fuel Jetty on completion of Operation Corporate duties during which she carried out 143 RAS’s (Refuelling at Sea).
GVF & better £495
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
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 SOLD