A Civil O.B.E. group of seven to Surgeon Lieutenant Commander Dr.R.S.Slessor, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve,
Lot 137
A Civil O.B.E. group of seven to Surgeon Lieutenant Commander Dr.R.S.Slessor, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve,
Sold for £7,440 (US$ 11,940) inc. premium

Lot Details
A Civil O.B.E. group of seven to Surgeon Lieutenant Commander Dr.R.S.Slessor, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve,
A Civil O.B.E. group of seven to Surgeon Lieutenant Commander Dr.R.S.Slessor, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve,
The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, O.B.E., 2nd type, Civil Division; 1939-1945 Star; Atlantic Star; Defence Medal; War Medal with MID Oakleaf; Polar Medal, E.II.R., silver issue, one bar, Antarctic 1946, impressed in capitals (DR. ROBERT S.SLESSOR. M.B., CH.B.); Coronation 1953. Court mounted for display and with riband bar. Very fine. (Lot)

Footnotes

  • O.B.E. London Gazette 13.6.1957.

    M.I.D. London Gazette 2.6.1943 H.M.S. Wanderer.

    Surgeon Lieutenant Commander Robert Stewart Slessor was born in November 1912 at Fraserburgh and qualified at Aberdeen University Medical School in 1935, subsequently, becoming Assistant Master at The Rotunda Womens' Hospital, Dublin.

    Commissioned into the R.N.V.R. in 1941 as a Surgeon Lieutenant, he was appointed to H.M.S.Wanderer, a North Atlantic convoy escort, and mentioned in despatches for dealing with survivors from torpedoed Allied ships.

    In 1945 he was the first recruit into the newly-formed Falkland Islands and Dependencies Survey (F.I.D.S.), and appointed base doctor and second-in-command at Marguerite Peninsula.

    In 1946 he led the first epic dog-sled expedition up onto the Central Plateau and the North East Glacier, a pioneering journey of 300 miles in 59 days. His subsequent recommendation for the Polar Medal was linked directly to his exploration work on this occasion. It was officially recognized also by the decision to give his name to a mountain in Antarctica, Mount Slessor.

    Leaving the Navy in 1948, he was appointed Senior Medical Officer to the Government of the Falkland Islands and Dependencies, a post the held for the next twenty years. He was additionally appointed Deputy Governor, thereby being responsible for the Islands during periods of absence by the Governor.

    He retired to Alicante, Spain, in 1968, and died on the 8th July 1985.

    The lot includes his O.B.E. Warrant (framed); Warrant for appointment to Temporary Surgeon Lieutenant (framed); The Antarctic Club Certificate of Membership (framed); Letter of appointment to HMS Wanderer, with an assortment of research etc.

    Ex Sotheby's Lot 528, 17.9.1990.
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