A Collection of Medals to Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiments

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Date of Auction: 17th September 2009

Sold for £1,600

Estimate: £600 - £800

A good Second World War M.B.E. group of nine awarded to Lieutenant-Colonel J. H. Busby, Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Regiment

The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, M.B.E. (Military) Member’s 2nd type breast badge; General Service 1918-62, 2 clasps, Palestine, Malaya (Capt. J. H. Busby, Bedfs. & Herts. R.); 1939-45 Star; France and Germany Star; Defence and War Medals 1939-45, these four privately engraved, ‘Maj. J. H. Busby’; Korea 1950-53 (Lt. Col. J. H. Busby, M.B.E., Bedfs. & Hert.); U.N. Korea, privately engraved, ‘Lt. Col. J. H. Busby’; Coronation 1953, mounted court-style as worn, the second with officially corrected rank, initials and surname, generally good very fine (9) £600-800


M.B.E. London Gazette 1 January 1944.

John Henry Busby, who was born in May 1912, was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Regiment in September 1932 and, as verified by contemporary
Army Lists, served as an Acting Captain in Palestine pre-war. Appointed an Adjutant in July 1940, he was advanced to Acting Major that September, but little more is currently known about his 1939-45 and Korea careers; sold with one or two portrait photographs.