Orders, Decorations, Medals and Militaria (8 & 9 May 2019)

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Date of Auction: 8th & 9th May 2019

Sold for £750

Estimate: £400 - £500

A Second World War ‘Civil’ C.B.E. group of six awarded to Captain H. J. Lowe, Army Veterinary Corps, later Director of Veterinary Services, Tanganyika Territory

The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, C.B.E. (Civil) Commander’s 2nd type neck badge, silver-gilt and enamel, with full and miniature width neck ribands, in Garrard, London, case of issue; 1914 Star (Lieut: H. J. Lowe. A.V.C.); British War and Victory Medals (Capt. H. J. Lowe.); Jubilee 1935; Coronation 1937, the last five mounted as worn; together with the recipient’s related miniature awards excluding the C.B.E., the 1914 Star with clasp; two riband bars; and two Tanganyika Territory cap badges, nearly extremely fine (6) £400-£500


C.B.E. London Gazette 2 June 1943: ‘Herbert John Lowe, Esq., M.R.C.V.S., Colonial Veterinary Service, Director of Veterinary Services, Tanganyika Territory.

Herbert John Lowe was born on 8 October 1892, the son of Superintendent John Lowe, Dublin Metropolitan Police, and was educated at the Royal Veterinary College of Ireland. He was commissioned Lieutenant in the Army Veterinary Corps on 19 August 1914, and served during the Great War on the Western Front from 19 October 1914. He subsequently served on attachment to 157th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery, and suffered a fracture of the left clavicle on 19 August 1917, after falling from his horse when riding from one unit to another on active service. Recovering in Ireland, he sailed for German East Africa on 20 October 1918, and following the cessation of hostilities transferred to the Colonial Veterinary Service. He was created a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1943, whilst serving as Director of Veterinary Services in Tanganyika Territory.

Sold with a portrait photograph of the recipient and copied research.

For the medals awarded to the recipient's father, see Lot 158.