An Important Collection Of Royal Navy Items Relating To Commander Norman Morley DSC
Lot 350
An Important Collection Of Royal Navy Items Relating To Commander Norman Morley DSC
Sold for £1,080 (US$ 1,830) inc. premium
Auction Details
Arms And Militaria Oxford
7 Aug 2007 13:00 BST

Auction 15088
Lot Details
An Important Collection Of Royal Navy Items Relating To Commander Norman Morley DSC
Comprising an 1827 pattern Naval Officer's Sword with 79.5cm blade etched with scrolling foliage, fouled anchor, Royal Arms, regulation gothic brass hilt incorporating a crowned (K/C) fouled anchor, wire bound fish skin grip, in its brass mounted leather scabbard, and complete with sword knot, Commander Morley's black service cap with bullion badge, the peak with bullion lace for Commander, his commander's shoulder boards with 'wavy' lace, together with his miniature medals comprising DSC three bars, B.W.M, Mercantile Marine, Victory, 39-45 Star, Atlantic and Italy Stars, 39-45 War Medal with bronze oak leaf (denoting mentioned in despatches), a black and white photograph of Commander Morley in uniform (9.5cm x 14.5cm) and including a folder of documents relating to his service career.(6)

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  • Provenance. By decent to the vendor.

    Norman Eyre Morely joined the Royal Naval Reserve as a Midshipman in 1916. In 1919, as a Sub-Lieutenant, he took part in the raid on Kronstadt in the Baltic where he was awarded his fist Distinguished Service Cross.

    He joined the R.N.V.R in 1939 and served in Mine-Sweepers for the whole of the Second World War. He served at Dunkirk and took part in the landings at Scicilly and Saleno where he won his first bar to the DSC. He was also at Anzio and later, in command of the mine sweep Rhyl, won his second and third bars during the landing in the South of France in 1944 and for clearing the harbours of Patras and Itea in Greece in 1945.

    He was the most decorated Reserve Officer of all time and gained an entry in the Guiness Book of Records as the only man ever to win four Distinguished Service Crosses.

    He died in 1989 aged 90.

    His original medal are in the Royal Navy Museum at Portsmouth.
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