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Lot 107
Rhodesia,
Sold for £2,467 (US$ 3,833) inc. premium

Lot Details
Rhodesia,
The Medals and ephemara to Major General J.R.Shaw, Rhodesian Army; Defence Cross for Distinguished Service 1976 (riband only no medal); Rhodeia General Service Medal 1969 (Lt Col J.R.Shaw); Exemplary Service Medal 1970 with bar (Col J.R.Shaw); Defence Medal; War Medal; General Service Medal 1918-1962, one bar, Malaya with M.I.D. Oakleaf (0075 Lt J.R.Shaw RH. A.R.). Court mounted as worn. Very fine. (5)

Footnotes

  • Citation for the Defence Cross for Distinguished Service:

    Major General Shaw attested into the Southern Rhodesia Staff Corps on 20th December 1949 and was commissioned in the ranks of Lieutenant on 1 January 1951. He served with the 1st Battalion Rhodesian African Rifles from 1954 to 1958 and saw two years active service with the Regiment in Malaya for which he was Mentioned in Despatches. He was promoted Captain in 1956 and Major in 1959. During the period 1959 to 1966 he held Staff and Regimental appointments in the rank of Major, including that of Second in Command Rhodesian African Rifles. He was promopted Lieutenant Colonel in 1966 and appointed Director of Army Plans. During this period he was responsible for the initial formulation of policy for inter-territorial co-operation. In 1970 he was promoted Colonel and appointed Colonel General Staff at Army Headquarters until 1972 when he was promoted Brigadier commanding 3 Brigade. After seven months he was appointed Commander 1 Brigade in Bulawayo. During his tenure of office he was faced with numerous border incidents involving South African Police, civilians and Rhodesian Army personnel and a number of terrorist inspired incidents in North Matabeleland. After a distinguished and highly successful tour of duty he was transferred in May 1974, to command 2 Brigade which was involved in Operation Hurricane in the north-east of Rhodesia. During the succeeding seven months he saw a number of highly successful operations, resulting in the elimination of many terrorists and culminating in a record monthly kill rate in November/December 1974, thus inflicting substantial losses on the terrorist organisation. As the Commander of a force level well in excess of that normally allocated to a Brigade, he spared no time or effort in constantly visiting troops and urging them to greater efforts. In so doing his plans were well executed and his infectious good humour resulted in a high level of morale at all times. Throughout his distinguished career to date he has proved to be an extremely popular and highly regarded officer and has, through his loyalty, devotion to duty and command ability rendered invaluable service to the Army and Rhodesia.

    He died prior to collecting the award and the cross was presented to Mrs J.M.Shaw and Mr D.Shaw on 16 June 1976.

    The recently published book on MID's shows a Major J.B.Shaw being Gazetted on 23.5.1958 for Malaya.

    The lot comes with a quantity of service memorabilia comprising 7 Shields (6 full size) including Rhodesian African Rifles and Southern Rhodesian Staff Corps; 2 Champagne Buckets; 1 Tankard; Regimental Ties (Qty); Bayonet; 1896 Pattern Officer's sword by Wilkinson G.VI.R. issue and a General's Pattern Mameluke Sword by Wilkinson (102040); various uniforms etc.
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