Medals to the R.F.C. and R.A.F. from the Collection Formed by the Late Squadron Leader David Haller

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Date of Auction: 25th March 2014

Sold for £230

Estimate: £180 - £220

Five: Lieutenant J. G. Proger, Royal Air Force, late Welsh Regiment

The Order of St. John, Serving Brother’s breast badge, silver and enamel; British War and Victory Medals (Lieut. J. G. Proger, R.A.F.); Defence Medal 1939-45; St. John Service Medal, unnamed, together with an Observer’s cloth brevet, Welsh Regiment collar badge and St. John badge and shoulder title, very fine (9) £180-220


John Guy Proger was born at Penarth, Glamorgan, in April 1895, and applied for a commission in the Cardiff Battalion of the Welsh Regiment in November 1914, as a result of which he was gazetted as a 2nd Lieutenant to the 16th Battalion. That December, however, he transferred to the 21st (Reserve) Battalion.

Transferring to the Royal Flying Corps in August 1916, he qualified as an Observer and served out in France with No. 27 Squadron during the winter of 1917-18, being posted back to the Home Establishment in January of the latter year. He also appears to have served briefly in No. 49 Squadron in November 1918. However, for reasons unknown, he was tried by Court Martial, found guilty and dismissed from the service in October 1919, on which occasion he forfeited his medals, but they were later restored to him, and he added the Serving Brother of the Order of St. John from the Welsh Priory to his accolades in February 1970; sold with a file of research.