Orders, Decorations, Medals and Militaria (27 & 28 February 2019)

Date of Auction: 27th & 28th February 2019

Sold for £200

Estimate: £180 - £220

A Second War M.B.E. group of seven awarded to Captain and temporary Major H. F. Kennaugh, South African Engineer Corps, who was wounded in Italy on 9 August 1944

The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, M.B.E. (Military) Member’s 2nd type breast badge, silver; 1939-45 Star; Africa Star; Italy Star; Defence and War Medals 1939-45, with M.I.D. oak leaf; Africa Service Medal, the Stars and campaign Medals all officially named ‘55015 H. F. Kennaugh’; together with three Park Town Boys High School Prize Medallions, bronze, two for Boxing, one engraved ‘H. Kennaugh, Welterweight 1925’, the other unnamed, and the third for Cadets Efficiency Platoon, unnamed; and a silver boxing medallion, the reverse engraved ‘Y.M.C.A. 29’, good very fine and better (11) £180-£220


M.B.E. London Gazette 1 January 1946.

Hartwell Fairweather Kennaugh was born in the Transvaal on 24 October 1910, and was educated at Park Town Boys High School. A Civil Engineer by profession, he joined the South African Engineer Corps, and was appointed Company Sergeant Major, 14th Light Company, S.A.E.C. He was commissioned Second Lieutenant on 4 February 1941, and was promoted temporary Lieutenant on 4 August of that year, and temporary Captain on 14 August 1942. He served during the Second World War in East Africa from 6 March 1941 to 30 June 1943; in Egypt from 16 December 1943 to 10 April 1944; and in Italy with 15 Airfield Construction Group, Royal Engineers, from 10 April 1944. He was wounded by shrapnel in Italy on 9 August 1944, and, recovering, was promoted temporary Major on 16 August 1945. For his services during the Second World War he was Mentioned in Despatches (London Gazette 7 January 1946), and was created a Member of the Order of the British Empire. He relinquished his commission on 29 January 1946, and was granted the rank of Captain.

Sold with copied service papers.