Meritorious Service Medal Groups from the Collection of Ian McInnes

Date of Auction: 25th March 2014

Sold for £1,800

Estimate: £1,000 - £1,200

An inter-war military B.E.M. group of nine awarded to Squadron Leader S. E. Birt, Royal Air Force

British Empire Medal, (Military) G.VI.R., 1st issue (240395 Flt. Sgt. Stanley E. Birt, R.A.F.); British War and Victory Medals, M.I.D. oakleaf (240395 Cpl., R.A.F.); 1939-45 Star; Defence and War Medals, these unnamed; Royal Air Force Meritorious Service Medal, G.V.R. (240395 Cpl. Clk., R.A.F.); Royal Air Force L.S. & G.C., G.V.R. (240395 Sgt., R.A.F.); Iraq, Active Service Medal, no clasp, unnamed, mounted court style for display, some edge bruising, generally very fine (9)


B.E.M. London Gazette 11 May 1937. ‘240395 Flight Sergeant Stanley Ernest Birt, Royal Air Force.’

M.S.M. London Gazette 3 June 1919. ‘240395 Cpl. Clk. Stanley Ernest Birt (Lydney, Glouc.) (I. Force, France).’

M.I.D. London Gazette 1 January 1919. ‘No.240395 Corporal S. E. Birt (I.F. France).’

Stanley Ernest Birt was born in Lydney, Gloucestershire on 30 April 1898. A Clerk by occupation, he enlisted into the Royal Naval Air Service on 25 October 1917. Transferred to No. 9 Squadron in March 1918. For his wartime services with R.A.F. Independent Force, France he was mentioned in despatches and awarded the M.S.M. Awarded the B.E.M. in the Coronation Honours List of 1937. Was commissioned a Flying Officer in the Equipment Branch of the R.A.F. on 29 February 1940 and was promoted to Flight Lieutenant in December 1941 and Squadron Leader in June 1943. He retired from the service on 12 September 1950.

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