Orders, Decorations, Medals and Militaria (24 & 25 February 2016)

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Date of Auction: 24th & 25th February 2016

Sold for £1,300

Estimate: £1,200 - £1,400

The impressive inter-war C.B., Baltic 1919 operations O.B.E. group of fourteen awarded to Vice-Admiral E. J. Hardman-Jones, Royal Navy

The Most Honourable Order of the Bath, C.B. (Civil) Companion’s neck badge, silver-gilt, hallmarks for London 1932; The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, O.B.E. (Military) Officer’s 1st type breast badge, silver-gilt, hallmarks for London 1919; 1914-15 Star (Commr. E. J. Hardman-Jones, R.N.); British War and Victory Medals (Commr. E. J. Hardman-Jones, R.N.); Defence and War Medals 1939-45; Coronation 1911; Jubilee 1935; Coronation 1937; Coronation 1953; Italy, Order of Maurice and St. Lazarus, Officer’s breast badge, gold and enamel; Portugal, Order of St. Avis, Fifth Class breast badge, silver-gilt and enamel; Turkey, Imtiaz Medal, silver, enamel damage to the Italian badge, otherwise generally good very fine (14) £1200-1400

Footnote

C.B. London Gazette 1 January 1935.

O.B.E.
London Gazette 12 November 1920.

Everard John Hardman-Jones was born in 1881, the son of a barrister, Richard Jepson Hardman-Jones of Woodlands, Binfield, Buckinghamshire, and entered the Royal Navy as a Cadet in
Britannia in 1897.

Advanced to Sub. Lieutenant in April 1901 and to Lieutenant in April 1903, he was granted permission to accept and wear the 5th Class insignia of the Portuguese Order of St. Avis in April 1909, following a period of service in H.M.S.
Exmouth, flagship of Admiral Sir A. G. Curzon-Howe, R.N. He was likewise granted permission to accept the Turkish Imtiaz Medal in silver in 1910 (his service record refers).

Having then been advanced to Lieutenant-Commander in April 1911, he was serving in the battleship
Iron Duke - Jellicoe’s flagship - on the outbreak of hostilities in August 1914, in which capacity he remained employed until coming ashore to attend the War Staff Signal Section in July 1915. In December 1917, and after gaining promotion to Commander, he returned to sea in the cruiser Dublin and was likewise employed at the war’s end. He had meanwhile been awarded the Officer’s grade of the Italian Order of St. Maurice & St. Lazarus (London Gazette 11 August 1917, refers), to which distinction he added the O.B.E. for his subsequent services in the Baltic in the cruiser Caledon in 1919.

Advanced to Captain in December 1920, Hardman-Jones commanded the training ship
Erebus 1927-29, returned to sea as captain of the aircraft carriers Furious and Courageous 1929-30 and served as S.N.O. Harwich 1931-33, in which latter period he was also appointed an A.D.C. to the King. Having then been advanced to Rear-Admiral, he served as S.N.O. in Scotland 1933-35 (C.B.), prior to being placed on the Retired List in the rank of Vice-Admiral in June 1937. Recalled on the renewal of hostilities, he served as S.N.O. Newhaven 1942-44, a busy base in respect of Coastal Forces operations. The Admiral retired to Hursley in Hampshire, where he served as Chairman of the Winchester Rural District Council from 1945-56, and died in June 1962; sold with copied research.