Orders, Decorations and Medals (12 June 1991)

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Date of Auction: 12th June 1991

Sold for £1,000

Estimate: £900 - £1,000

Eleven: Brigadier General C. J. Hawker, C.M.G., C.B.E., Coldstream Guards.

ORDER OF ST. MICHAEL AND ST. GEORGE, C.M.G., neck badge, small chip to reverse enamel; ORDER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE, C.B.E., Military, 1st type, neck badge; 1914-15 STAR (Col., C. Gds.); BRITISH WAR and VICTORY MEDALS, M.I.D. (Brig. Gen.); JUBILEE 1897, Silver; CORONATION 1911; KHEDIVE'S SUDAN 1896-1908, 1 clasp, Sudan 1899; Turkey, ORDER OF THE MEDJIDIE, 3rd class neck badge, with gold and enamel centre, this with slight chips; Turkey, ORDER OF OSMANIEH, 3rd class neck badge, enamel chipped and repaired; BRITISH RED CROSS SOCIETY, Balkan War Medal 1912-13, 1 clasp, Turkey (Col. C. J. Hawker) enamel damaged. Group of six medals mounted court style for wearing, the whole contained in a contemporary fitted case, this damaged, generally very fine (11)


Brigadier General Claude Julian Hawker was educated at Eton and commissioned into 3rd (Militia) Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment, in 1887; served with the Coldstream Guards attached to the Egyptian Army, 1899 to 1909, commanding the Camel Corps, 1904-05, and took part in the Sudan Campaign 1899, including the first advance against the Khalifa (medal with clasp); Governor of Suakin, 1906; in command of the Red Sea Military District, 1907-09; attached to the Turkish Gendarmerie, as Senior British Officer, from May 1910 until September, 1914, serving throughout the Balkan War, 1912-13, and in Trebizonde, 1913-14; appointed Provost Marshal to the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, 1915-16 and served at Gallipoli and throughout the Mesopotamian Campaign, 1916-17; Military Governor of Bagdad March 1917 to November 1918; served on the Staff of the British Army in Palestine and Syria until 1921; during this period he was Director of the Central Relief Committee for Egypt and served on the Allenstein Plebiscite Commission in 1920, and the Upper Silesian Commission in 1920 and 1921. During the Great War Brigadier General Hawker was four times mentioned in despatches, created C.M.G. (1918) and C.B.E. (1919).