Orders, Decorations, Medals and Militaria (17 August 2021)

Date of Auction: 17th August 2021

Sold for £360

Estimate: £140 - £180

Seven: Chief Electrical Artificer R. H. W. Francis, Royal Navy, who was Mentioned in Despatches for Operation Avalanche

Naval General Service 1915-62, 1 clasp, Palestine 1936-1939 (MX.46993 R. H. W. Francis. E.A.3, R.N.); 1939-45 Star; Atlantic Star; Italy Star; Defence and War Medals 1939-45, with M.I.D. oak leaf; Royal Navy L.S. & G.C., G.VI.R., 1st issue (MX.46993 R. H. W. Francis. C.E.A. H.M.S. Medway.II.) mounted as worn, good very fine (7) £140-£180

Footnote

M.I.D. London Gazette 23 May 1944.

Rowland Herbert Whitfield Francis was born in Stowmarket, Suffolk, on 7 January 1912 and entered naval service as Electrical Artificer’s Apprentice on 12 January 1928. He served during the Second World War, and was Mentioned in Despatches for his services in H.M.S. Faulkener during Operation Avalanche, the Salerno Landings, 9-16 September 1943. He was awarded his Long Service and Good Conduct Medal on 5 December 1944.