Orders, Decorations, Medals and Militaria (3 December 2020)

Date of Auction: 3rd December 2020

Sold for £4,000

Estimate: £3,000 - £4,000

A scarce Korean War D.S.M. group of eight awarded to Petty Officer J. H. Lockhart, Royal Navy

Distinguished Service Medal, G.VI.R., 2nd issue (P.O. J. H. Lockhart. P/JX.777508); 1939-45 Star; Atlantic Star; Pacific Star; War Medal 1939-45; Korea 1950-53, 1st issue (P/JX.777508 J. H. Lockhart D.S.M. P.O. R.N.); U.N. Korea 1950-54, unnamed as issued; Royal Navy L.S. & G.C., G.VI.R., 2nd issue (JX.777508 J. H. Lockhart P.O. H.M.S. Charity.) surname partially officially corrected on last, mounted as worn, minor edge bruising, very fine (8) £3,000-£4,000


Only 24 D.S.M.’s were awarded to Royal Navy and Royal Marine personnel for the Korean War 1951-53.

D.S.M. London Gazette 19 May 1953:
‘For distinguished service in operations in Korean Waters.’

James Hamilton Lockhart joined the Royal Navy in 1937, served during the Second World War in both H.M.S. Rodney and H.M.S. Guillemot, before proceeding to America as crew for the first voyage of the lend-lease ship H.M.S. Slinger, and sailed in her to Australia for service in the Pacific theatre.

Following the outbreak of the Korean War Lockhart went out to Korea on the aircraft carrier H.M.S. Warrior, before transferring to H.M.S. Charity, and was serving in her when he was awarded both his Long Service and Good Conduct Medal and the Distinguished Service Medal. He was invested with his D.S.M. by H.M. The Queen at Buckingham Palace on 24 July 1953.

Lockhart later served in H.M.S. Mediator whilst based in Malta, and, according to his family, received a letter of commendation. He was shore pensioned in 1960.

Sold with two photographic images of the recipient outside Buckingham Palace having received his D.S.M., and copied research.