The Langham Collection of Medals to the Royal Army Ordnance Corps

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Date of Auction: 17th September 1999

Sold for £120

Estimate: £80 - £100

A post-war M.B.E. group of six awarded to Warrant Officer A. J. Norster, Royal Army Ordnance Corps

The Order of the British Empire, M.B.E. (Military) 2nd type, a modern copy badge; 1939-45 Star; Defence and War Medals; General Service 1918-62, 1 clasp, Malaya, G.VI.R. (7589467 W.O.Cl.1, R.A.O.C.); Regular Army L.S. & G.C., E.II.R., 1st issue (7589467 W.O.Cl.1, R.A.O.C.) nearly extremely fine (6) £80-100


M.B.E. London Gazette 2 January 1956.

Alexander John Norster was born in South Queensferry, near Edinburgh, on 15 July 1919, and enlisted at Stirling in July 1937. He was on the last Ammunition Examiners Course prior to the war and served with the B.E.F. in France as an Ammunition Examiner in 1939 and 1940. Posted to India early in 1941, he served there until November 1944, when he returned to the U.K. before being posted to Norway with No. 9 Disarmament Team in July 1945, remaining there until that unit was disbanded in February 1947. He served subsequently in Malaya and Hong Kong, was awarded the L.S. & G.C. medal in 1955, and retired in 1958. Sold with further research including a photograph of the recipient and copies of the recommendation for his M.B.E.