Orders, Decorations, Medals and Militaria (5 April 2006)

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Date of Auction: 5th April 2006

Sold for £55

Estimate: £60 - £80

Royal Navy L.S. & G.C., G.VI.R., 1st issue (KX. 77700 W. A. J. Campbell, S.P.O., H.M.S. Cattistock) extremely fine £60-80


William Alfred John Campbell was awarded his L.S. & G.C. Medal in March 1942, while serving in the destroyer H.M.S. Cattistock. Just a week or two later, on 12 April, she was in action with E-Boats off East Anglia.

The Cattistock had been commissioned in July 1940 and shortly afterwards joined the 21st Destroyer Flotilla at Sheerness, where she was based for the remainder of the War on coastal convoy and anti-E-Boat operations, and was several times in action in addition to her close encounter of April 1942. One of her busiest periods was during the summer of 1944, while acting in support of the Normandy landings, and in an action against an enemy convoy on 29 August, she suffered 26 hits and the loss of her skipper, Lieutenant R. G. D. Keddie, D.S.C.