Long Service Medals from the Collection formed by John Tamplin

Date of Auction: 4th December 2008

Sold for £290

Estimate: £200 - £240

Pair: Lieutenant-Commander John Joseph Rice, South African Division, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve

Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve Decoration, G.VI.R., 1st issue, reverse inscribed, ‘T/Lt. Cmdr. J. J. Rice, S.A.N.F.(V)’; Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve L.S. & G.C., G.VI.R.,1st issue (Lieut., S.A.D., R.N.V.R.) engraved naming, very fine (2) £200-240


R.N.V.R. Decoration Staatskoerant 29 September 1944. ‘Temporary Lieutenant-Commander’.

South African Division R.N.V.R. L.S. & G.C. Medal Staatskoerant 17 October 1941. ‘Lieutenant’.

John Joseph Rice was born on 31 January 1910. He joined the South African Division of the R.N.V.R. and was appointed a Probationary Midshipman on 16 July 1930. He was promoted to Sub-Lieutenant in July 1932 and Lieutenant in July 1935. Serving during the War, he was appointed to H.M.S. Dragon in July 1941 and was seconded to the Royal Navy on 30 November 1942. The same day he was advanced to Acting Lieutenant-Commander. At the end of the war he was accepted for service in the post-war navy. Sold with copied service record and other research.