Medals to the Pioneer Corps from the Collection of the late Peter Wilks, TD

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Date of Auction: 21st September 2001

Sold for £200

Estimate: £140 - £160

A Second War M.B.E. group of eight awarded to Regimental Sergeant-Major E. F. Ellis, Royal Pioneer Corps, late Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders

The Order of the British Empire, M.B.E. (Military) 2nd type; 1939-45 Star; Africa Star, clasp, 8th Army; Italy Star; Defence & War Medals; Coronation 1953; Regular Army L.S. & G.C., E.II.R., 1st issue (2977843 W.O. Cl.1, M.B.E., R.P.C.) mounted as worn, together with M.B.E. Warrant, named certificate for Coronation Medal, two photographs and copy certificate of service good very fine (8) £140-160


Ernest Frederick Ellis enlisted at Glasgow for the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders on 3 December 1930. He served in France from September 1939 to 15 June 1940, and transferred to the Pioneer Corps in June 1941. He served with the Pioneers in Africa, Egypt, South Africa, and the Middle East, before joining the campaign in Italy. He re-enlisted for the Royal Pioneer Corps in November 1946 as Regimental Sergeant-Major, and was finally discharged in that rank on 7 February 1955.