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GROUPS AND SINGLE DECORATIONS FOR GALLANTRY


With Commission Documents (2) for the Territorial Army and Home Guard; a War Office letter of thanks for service in the Home Guard 1952-56; a Certificate for the Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk for Service in the Suffolk Home Guard, dated February 1956; Document of appointment to Deputy Lieutenant of Suffolk; British Legion Certificate for services rendered, dated 27 November 1965; photocopy of a letter to his wife concerning an air raid on 6 September 1940 on the convoy taking his unit from India to Egypt; copied m.i.c.; photocopied photographs of the recipient - one taken in Simla, 1921; three taken in Eritrea, and one as Deputy Lieutenant.


Lorna Phyllis Blaker (nee Wilson), the wife of Brigadier Blaker, was born in Woolwich on 17 October 1901. During the Second World War she served with the Auxiliary Nursing Service in India. She died on 3 July 1995.


With W.W.2 medal forwarding slip; letter dated 28 May 1942 from the St. John Ambulance Brigade Overseas of Bombay and a photocopied photograph of the recipient.


1187


An Order of St. John group of four awarded to Honorary Major G. L. Starr, Army Chaplain’s Department


THE ORDER OF ST. JOHN OF JERUSALEM, Officer ‘s (Brother’s) breast badge, silver; BRITISHWARMEDAL 1914-20 (Hon. Major); CORONATION 1902, silver; COLONIALAUXILIARY FORCES L.S.MEDAL, E.VII.R., unnamed; together with four dress miniature medals (unmounted) and a cloth collar badge, nearly very fine and better (9)


£140-180


George Lothrop Starr was born in Brockville, Ontario, Canada on 14 July 1878. He was ordained a Deacon in 1894 and a Priest in 1895. He served as a Curate of St. John, Norway, Ontario, Canada, 1894-98. As Chaplain and Hon. Captain of the 14th Regiment, he was awarded the Colonial Auxiliary Force Long Service Medal by G.O. 148 of July 1908. He attested for overseas service in the Great War on 6 August 1916, giving his address as St. George’s Cathedral, Kingston, Ontario. His declaration paper records 25 years service in the Militia. In his capacity as Hon. Major (Chaplain) he served in England, being based in hospitals at Epsom, Brighton, Uxbridge and elsewhere. He was returned to Canada and resigned his commission in May 1917. Latterly appointed Dean; he died in 1925.


With a wartime photograph of the recipient in uniform and riband bar. Also with copied research.


1188


An Order of St. John group of five awarded to Captain J. Holmes, Bedfordshire Yeomanry


THE ORDER OF ST. JOHN OF JERUSALEM, Serving Brother’s badge, skeletal, silver, unnamed; 1914-15 STAR (Capt., Bedf. Yeo.); BRITISHWAR AND VICTORY MEDALS (Capt.); SPECIAL CONSTABULARY LONG SERVICE, G.VI.R., 1st issue (John Holmes) good very fine (5)


£220-260


A note with the lot states that Holmes was appointed a Lieutenant in the Bedfordshire Yeomanry on 1 April 1912 and advanced to Captain on 16 December 1915. On 5 January 1918 he was appointed a Staff Captain and Assistant Provost Marshal.


1189


An Order of St. John/M.S.M. group of seven awarded to Sergeant G. Mitchell, Royal Army Medical Corps


THE ORDER OF ST. JOHN OF JERUSALEM, Serving Brother’s breast badge, silver and enamel, unnamed; DEFENCE ANDWAR MEDALS, unnamed; GENERAL SERVICE MEDAL 1918-62, 1 clasp, Malaya, E.II.R. (7343231 S.Sgt., R.A.M.C.); ARMY MERITORIOUS SERVICE MEDAL, E.II.R., 2nd issue (7343231 Sgt., RAMC.); ARMY L.S. & G.C., E.II.R., 2nd issue, Regular Army (7343231 Sgt., RAMC.); EFFICIENCYMEDAL, G.VI.R., 1st issue, Territorial (7343231 S. Sjt., R.A.M.C.) St. John Serving Brother badge loose; M.S.M. in named card box of issue; others mounted as worn; together with a ‘Field Ambulance’ Prize Medal, silver, reverse inscribed, ‘Winners F.A. Trophy 58, Sgt. Mitchell C. (sic)’, very fine and better (8)


£400-500


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