Orders, Decorations, Medals and Militaria (13 January 2021)

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Date of Auction: 13th January 2021

Sold for £180

Estimate: £200 - £240

A post-War M.B.E. group of seven attributed to Major J. E. H. Keylock, Royal Nigerian Army, late Royal Fusiliers

The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, M.B.E. (Military) Member’s 2nd type breast badge, silver; 1939-45 Star; Burma Star; Defence and War Medals 1939-45; Efficiency Decoration, E.II.R., Nigeria, the reverse contemporarily engraved ‘243038 Maj. John E. H. Keylock’, with tailor’s copy top riband bar; Nigeria Independence Medal 1960, unnamed as issued, traces of lacquer, with the gilding rubbed on ED, and a crude attempt to re-gild, otherwise good very fine (7) £200-£240


M.B.E. London Gazette 31 December 1960.

John Edward Howse Keylock was commissioned Second Lieutenant in the Royal Fusiliers on 21 August 1942, and served with them during the Second World War. He relinquished his commission on 29 April 1953, and was granted the honorary rank of Major. Emigrating to Nigeria, he joined the Royal Nigerian Army, and was created a Member of the Order of the British Empire in the 1961 New Year’s Honours’ List, following the year of Nigeria’s Independence.