A Great War M.B.E. group of seven to Lieutenant C.E.Finch, Royal Navy,
Lot 138
A Great War M.B.E. group of seven to Lieutenant C.E.Finch, Royal Navy,
Sold for £480 (US$ 807) inc. premium
Lot Details
A Great War M.B.E. group of seven to Lieutenant C.E.Finch, Royal Navy,
The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, M.B.E., 1st type, Military Division; 1914-15 Star (Gnr C.E.Finch. R.N.); British War and Victory Medal (Gnr.C.E.Finch. R.N.); Defence Medal; War Medal; Jubilee 1935. some light wear and polishing to the WW1 medals, otherwise very fine. (7)

Footnotes

  • M.B.E. London Gazette 21.6.1919.

    For valuable services as Torpedo Gunner of H.M.S. Phaeton during minelaying operations in the North Sea.

    Lieutenant Charles Edwin Finch was born on 30.3.1886 in Reigate, Surrey. He enlisted as Ordinary Seaman in 1904 for a 12 year engagement giving his trade as a Merchant Seaman. Gunner (T) 1st August 1914, Commissioned Gunner (T) 1st August 1924, Lieutenant 27th July 1933, retired 1936 at the age of 50, but was re-employed 1936-47.

    His Great War service as a Gunner (T) aboard the destroyer H.M.S. Meteor of the Harwich Force and took part in the Battle of Dogger Bank on 24th January 1915, when already damaged herself administered the goup de grace to the German cruiser Blucher by torpedoing the crippled enemy vessel causing her to sink shortly afterwards, also took part in numerous raids on the Belgian Coast.
    Transferred in February 1917 to the light cruiser H.M.S.Phaeton of the 1st Light Cruiser Squadron. Engaged in mine-laying operations in the North Sea (the Northern Barrage).

    He died on the 16th December 1956, and had lived at 60 Fifth Street, Landport, Hampshire.

    Sold with assorted research.
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