Orders, Decorations, Medals and Militaria to coincide with the OMRS Convention (20 September 2002)

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Date of Auction: 20th September 2002

Sold for £700

Estimate: £450 - £500

Family group:

A Knight Bachelor, C.B.E. group of six to Sir Walter Alexander Edmenson, Royal Field Artillery

Knight Bachelor’s Badge, 2nd type breast badge, silver-gilt and enamel, some damage to enamel; The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, C.B.E. (Civil) 2nd type neck badge, enamelled, in Garrard, London case of issue; British War and Victory Medals (Capt.); Coronation 1953; U.S.A., Medal of Freedom, 2nd Class, with silver palm on ribbon, last four mounted as worn, last with case of issue, together with a related set of six miniature dress medals mounted as worn

Three: Sub Lieutenant W. A. Edmenson, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve

1939-45 Star; Atlantic Star; War Medal 1939-45, M.I.D. Oakleaf, mounted as worn, together with original box of issue addressed to recipient’s father, nearly extremely fine except where stated (15) £450-500


Sir Walter Alexander Edmenson Kt., C.B.E., D.L., was born in 1892 and served in the Great War as a Captain in the Royal Field Artillery and was mentioned in despatches. He was Minister of War Transport for Northern Ireland during 1939-45 and was awarded the C.B.E. in 1944 and the American Medal of Freedom in 1945. He was President of the Ulster Steamship Co. and G. Heyn & Sons Ltd, 1946-70 and Director of several companies including: Clyde Shipping Co. Ltd., The Belfast Banking Co. Ltd. and The North Continental Shipping Co. Ltd.,1946-70. He was Member of the Board of several more companies, including, B.E.A.1943-63, Gallagher Ltd. 1946-66 and Ulster Transport Authority 1948-64. For his many services to industry he was created a Knight Bachelor in 1958.

Sub Lieutenant Walter Alexander Edmenson was the only son of Sir Walter Edmenson. Mentioned in despatches (London Gazette 4.10.1940) ‘For zeal and devotion to duty in Mine-sweeping operations’, he was killed in action on 26.12.1940, aged 21 years, whilst serving aboard the Motor Attendant Craft No. 5. Having no known grave, his name is commemorated on the Chatham Memorial.