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Lot 177
A Second World War D.S.C. group of seven to Acting Lieutenant Commander K.H.Higson, Royal Naval Reserve,
Sold for £1,500 (US$ 2,449) inc. premium

Lot Details
A Second World War D.S.C. group of seven to Acting Lieutenant Commander K.H.Higson, Royal Naval Reserve,
Distinguished Service Cross, G.VI.R., dated 1943; 1939-1945 Star; Atlantic Star; Africa Star, with North Africa 1942-43 bar; Italy Star; War Medal with MID Oakleaf; Royal Naval Reserve Decoration, G.VI.R., dated 1945. Mounted as worn with corresponding miniatures. Extremely fine. (Lot)

Footnotes

  • D.S.C. London Gazette 7.12.1943 Operation Antidote HMS Albacore.

    For courage, skill and devotion to duty in command of H.M.S. Albacore in a dangerous Minesweeping Operation in the Mediterranean in May 1943.

    M.I.D. London Gazette 11.6.1942. Birthday Honours HMS Blyth.
    M.I.D. London Gazette 12.6.1945. Minesweeping Naples Leghorn 1944 HMS Albacore.

    The lot comprises a detailed archive including Buckingham Palace slip for the D.S.C., MID certificates (2), all these three documents framed (slightly faded). Various paintings he did himself, binoculars in case of issue, buttons, photographs (loose and framed), WW2 medal box, RNR Officer's Training Certificate Book, Master Competency certificate and other assorted period correspondence.

    He first served aboard HMS Rodney before WW2, and served as Captain aboard HMS Bridlington for the Dieppe raid. He was then flown out to the Mediterranean to command HMS Albacore and took part in the defence of Malta and then the raids on Sicily, Salerno, Anzio and Livorno. He was awarded a DSC for his part in protecting a 12 mile supply convoy of troops and supplies. He was actively involved with the destruction of magnetic mines. He was demobbed in 1946 and attended Southampton University to qualify as a Master Mariner returning to sea in 1954 for training on HMS Carisbrooke Castle. He devoted spare time on service to painting and his naval work is included in the lot. He worked for Marley Tiles for over 30 years after his Naval service.
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