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Lot of Royal Navy Officers Identity Disc & 2nd Submarine Flotilla Sports Medal (Commander John 'Jack' Lionel Fletcher, Royal Navy)

The lot comprises:

- 2nd Submarine Flotilla Sports Medal. For 220 Yards '2nd' dated 1925. White metal
- Silver Identity Disc & chain. Engraved (Lieut Commdr J. L. Fletcher C. of E.)

ID Disc: A customised item, favoured by Royal Navy submarine service officers. Comprising a silver 'Turkish' (Ottoman ?) coin, one side skimmed and engraved with details of the officer 'Lieut Commdr J. L. Fletcher, C of E'. Suspended from a long silver chain. Weight approx 22g

The positively attributed recipient of this lot became a Commander in the Royal Navy - John 'Jack' Lionel Fletcher - a veteran of the Great War, who in the inter-wars became a 'Submariner' & served in the China Fleet / Hong Kong Colony in the 1930's, and who had previously served with the 22nd Submarine Flotilla (see other offerings on the website for items from the estate of Commander J.L. Fletcher, R.N.

John 'Jack' Lionel Fletcher son of Frank Edward Fletcher (Organist & Teacher of Music) and Elizabeth Stringer Fletcher (nee Procter) was a native of Folkestone, Kent, England, where he was born on 16 April 1898. While a schoolboy, 'Jack' was a keen member of the Cadet Force Shooting Team, his prowess in shooting, especially 'Revolvers' was something he carried forward during his Royal Navy career. During the Great War 'Jack' Fletcher enlisted firstly in the British Army, when he joined the armoured cars of the Machine Gun Corps (Motors) on 18 June 1915. On being posted to the armoured cars 'Jack' was a Gunner and held the regimental number 1643. He served a total of 1 year & 2 months with the MGC (Motors), taking his discharge from the British Army on 31 August 1916, in order that he could proceed to accept an officers commission and serve in the Royal Navy (ref Authority of the Secretary of the Admiralty, No. C.E. d/ 24-8-16). 'Jack' Fletcher was commissioned and appointed Midshipman, when he joined the Royal Navy on 15 September. Prior to joining the Royal Navy, Jack, had not served overseas, he did however subsequently experience active service with the Royal Navy, when he served aboard H.M.S. New Zealand (one of three Indefatigable-class battlecruisers) on which he was posted between 3 February 1917 - 28 June 1918, including being present at the 'Second Battle of Heligoland Bight' on, 17 November 1917. Promoted Sub-Lieutenant on 15 May 1918, 'Jack, then served aboard H.M.S. Primrose (one of 24 x Acacia-class single-screw fleet sweeping vessels (sloops) that entered service in 1915) that was deployed on convoy escort duties, and on which ship he was posted between 28 June 1918 to 6 February 1919. 'Jack' is confirmed as having received the British War & interallied Victory Medals for his services in the Great War, the medals awarded to him as a Sub-Lieutenant, R.N., and sent to him at H.M.S. Maidstone (ref ADM 171/89). Post war promotions included; Acting Lieutenant, 15 May 1920; Lieutenant, 15 February 1920; Lieutenant Commander, 15 February 1928. A tall man, Jack measured just 'under' 6 feet & 2 inches in height - there are some extremely fine portrait photographs of him accessible on the 'Ancestry' genealogical website showing 'Jack' Fletcher in full dress Royal Navy officers uniform, wearing his Great War medal ribands, including photograph taken at his wedding to, Margaret 'Mollie' Mary Vaughn Sprague, at Edinburgh, Scotland, on 11 August 1923 (Mollie's brother, Dennis Vaughn Sprague, was also a Submarine Officer 'who later Died-of-Wounds serving with H.M.S. Thames, on 4 July 1940). After the Great War, 'Jack' Fletcher was assigned to the Submarine Service of the Royal Navy, and is known to have served on the following submarines during the inter-war years (the list is not exhaustive); H.M.S. Universal (P57) in 1919; K14 in 1921; H22 in 1922-24; L69 in 1924-26; H34 'In Command' between 1926-27, and L54 'In Command' from 15 November 1929. Lieutenant-Commander Fletcher served in Hong Kong Colony circa 1932-1934. UK Immigration & Passenger Manifests show that the Fletcher's left Hong Kong Colony in 1934, when they sailed aboard the P & O liner the S.S. 'Rawalpindi' for return to the United Kingdom, arriving at London on, 9 November 1934. Jack was promoted to Commander on 16 April 1943, on which date he was posted to the Retired List (Age) but still continued to serve during the Second World War. He was finally reverted to Retired List on 29 April 1948. Commander John 'Jack' Lionel Fletcher, R.N., is recorded as having died at Lee-on-the-Solent, Hampshire, England, on 26 August 1987

Condition: GVF

Code: 19685Price:

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United States: Distinguished Service Cross (Army)

Medal with 12mm crimp' style mounting brooch, in use circa 1945-1970

Medal riband fitted with crimp brooch and intricate drop catch hinged pin and clasp fittings, as issued

The absence of numbering or any maker marks indicates that the medal is an example awarded post 1945, typically for those decorated in post Second World War conflicts, including the Korean War and the early years (through to circa 1970) of the Vietnam War

Condition: EF

Code: 19473Price: 60.00 GBP

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Royal Artillery: 'Kings Crown' OSD bronze cap badge - with revolving wheel

As worn in the World Wars

The badge reverse retaining the original fitted slider

Condition: GVF

Code: 14672Price: 20.00 GBP

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Belgium: Medal of The Royal Order of the Lion (Médaille de l'Ordre Royal du Lion / Medaille der Orde van de Leeuw). Bronze (3rd Class) first type medal with uni-lingual pre 1951 'French' language legend

The bronze medal fitted with a long length of original silk riband

A colonial award issued in respect of services in Belgian Congo

A scarce 1st type medal to find in the market in this class and condition

Condition: About EF

Code: 17448Price:

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Belgium: Order of the African Star. 1st Class Gold (Gilt) Medal. 1st type with 'French language' legend

Note: The French language legend indicate a first type medal issued prior to 1951

A gilt medal

The silk moire riband fitted with a two-pronged mounting pin, and as-worn in the Belgian style

A colonial award issued in respect of services in Belgian Congo

A very nice example with crisp gilding


Condition: GVF

Code: 16187Price:

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United States: Silver Star Medal

Medal with government contractors marks for 'G-23' (for maker Ira Greene, Providence, Rhode Island) on reverse of 12mm 'crimp' style mounting brooch, in use 'from' circa 1980's

Medal riband fitted with crimp brooch and intricate drop catch hinged pin and clasp fittings, as issued

A contemporary award as issued to personnel decorated for services in the Gulf War, Somalia, Afghanistan, Iraq War and during the operations associated with the War against Terrorism

Condition: EF

Code: 19472Price: 24.00 GBP

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A Famous Indian Regiment: Kali Panchwin 1768-1923 (R. Hennell, this the Indian reprint, New Delhi, 1985)

A comprehsive regimental history of the 2nd Battalion Mahratta Light Infantry and it predecessor units prior to 1923

292 pages with numerous appendices and index. The appendices include several nominal rolls, including Honours & Awards (there are even abstracts showing the respective totals of Great War campaign medals and IGS 1908 medals and
clasps earned by the regiment)

Condition: This copy with DJ. Binding and contents Fine

Code: 10246Price: 40.00 GBP

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Royal Scots. 1st Battalion bi-metal glengarry cap badge

As worn during the World Wars and Korean War

This example fitted with red felt insert on back of badge

The original lugs removed and replaced by a vertically fixed long brass slider

Condition: VF

Code: 13146Price: 15.00 GBP

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Belgium: Golden Palms of the Order of the Crown (Palmes d'Or de l'Ordre de la Couronne / Gouden Palmen der Kroonorde)

A gilt metal award

Condition: EF

Code: 16718Price: 20.00 GBP

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Belgium: 'Gold' (gilt) Medal of the Order of the Crown (Médaille d'Or de l'Ordre de la Couronne). Pre 1952 'Uni-lingual' French language legend

A pre 1952 'Uni-lingual' language issue

Condition: EF

Code: 18163Price: 15.00 GBP

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