Medals from the Rob Campbell Collection relating to Clevedon, Somerset

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Date of Auction: 5th December 2018

Sold for £320

Estimate: £240 - £280

A post-war ‘Military Division’ O.B.E. group of six awarded to Commander (E) P. K. L. Fry, Royal Navy

The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, O.B.E. (Military) Officer’s 2nd type, breast badge, silver-gilt; 1939-45 Star; Atlantic Star; Pacific Star; Defence and War Medals 1939-45, with M.I.D. oak leaf, mounted as originally worn, with six related mounted miniature awards, good very fine (6) £240-£280


O.B.E. London Gazette 1 January 1953.

M.I.D. London Gazette 2 June 1943.

Peter Kenneth Llewellyn Fry was born in Clevedon, in October 1904, the son of Lieutenant-Colonel P. G. Fry, C.M.G., D.S.O., T.D. Fry joined the Royal Navy as a Midshipman in September 1923, and underwent training as a Engineer. He advanced to Sub-Lieutenant (E) in November 1925, and to Lieutenant (E) in December the following year. He undertook multiple pre-war appointments at Chatham, including experimental work on the aircraft carrier H.M.S. Ark Royal in 1933.

Fry advanced to Commander (E) in December 1938 and was posted to H.M.S. President. He was appointed a Member of the Institute of Mechanical Engineering, 21 May 1951, and retired in February 1953. Commander Fry died in 1977.

Sold with the following original documentation: M.I.D. Certificate, dated 2 June 1943; Letter of commendation from the Admiral Superintendent, Chatham, for recipient’s experimental work on H.M.S. Ark Royal, dated 12 August 1933; Admiralty Letter informing recipient that he is to be appointed O.B.E., dated 1 January 1953; two portrait photographs of recipient in uniform; and other Central Chancery documentation.

For the medals awarded to the recipient’s father, Lieutenant-Colonel P. G. Fry, see Lot 668.