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FI DCM (John Meredith PARA) to go to auction.

Pretty much as it says in the title-and purely for interest for those that have an interest in such things.

The LG citation makes the back of your neck tingle:


Good to see the late 70s/early 80s porn star 'tache gets an airing:


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and the group in itself is a history of most of the major UK campaigns for the past 40-odd years.
 

Smeggers

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Missing the Rhodesia medal...

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Rhodesia Medal (left) and Zimbabwe Independence Medal. Both medals awarded together but the ZIM was not authorised for wear in uniform.
 
All the citations make for fantastic reading. RIP to the young Jock.
 

Smeggers

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Curious: his summary of service on DNW makes no mention of Rhodie/Zim service:

I was replying to @FourZeroCharlie comment that the medal rack listed most of the campaigns for the last 40 years. As far as I know, the only Paras that came to Rhodesia with us were the Signal Sqn from 8 Fd Force. I was at 30 Sigs at the time when we were sent to Salisbury, Rhodesia (now Harare) to set up a command commcen and head shed. The oddity about the Commonwealth Monitoring Force was that we wore a White Brassard on the Left Arm showing the CMF badge (shown below) O/R's wore jungle hats while our Ruperts wore berets. About the only time I've ever worn shirt sleeve order with a very basic 58 webbing, comprising belt, yoke, ammo pouches and water bottle.

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CMF sleeve badge, a Pangolin on the sun, setting on the empire.
 
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I have the pleasure to know the three Para Regt guys who won the DCM down south, Piggy, Brian and Boot, top guys all three of them!
 
Pretty much as it says in the title-and purely for interest for those that have an interest in such things.

The LG citation makes the back of your neck tingle:


Good to see the late 70s/early 80s porn star 'tache gets an airing:


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and the group in itself is a history of most of the major UK campaigns for the past 40-odd years.
He was our SPSI (CSM) at B Coy 4 (v) PARA in the late 80's, he came from 2 PARA, he arrived at the same time as the PSI (CQMS) who was from 3 PARA, both great blokes and leaders of men, the PSI snotted one of the local PRA bods one Xmas party. :-D
 
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I always find it sad, when an old serviceman (women are available) feel the need to do this.
I think its good if he can raise a large lump of cash ,they cant buy his memories , he knows he earned it and so does every one else , its just a lump of metal.
 
I think its good if he can raise a large lump of cash ,they cant buy his memories , he knows he earned it and so does every one else , its just a lump of metal.
Yes.
Contrary to the popular feeling that whenever there is a sale of gallantry medals. it must be poverty-driven, I believe it's rare nowadays, that people are forced to sell their medals

Unless there is a strong wish to retain them, for example to bequeath to a sole heir who will treasure them down the family line, I would suggest that he's doing the right thing at the right time.

He has an asset which has likely reached close to the highest value that he will see in his life-time, it makes sense to me to use the cash value to enhance his lifestyle in his remaining years

Those who I feel sorry for are those who sell their medals at a young age as a lifestyle choice and watch the medals' value climb steeply over subsequent years after they have parted company with them.
 
Yes.
Contrary to the popular feeling that whenever there is a sale of gallantry medals. it must be poverty-driven, I believe it's rare nowadays, that people are forced to sell their medals

Unless there is a strong wish to retain them, for example to bequeath to a sole heir who will treasure them down the family line, I would suggest that he's doing the right thing at the right time.

He has an asset which has likely reached close to the highest value that he will see in his life-time, it makes sense to me to use the cash value to enhance his lifestyle in his remaining years

Those who I feel sorry for are those who sell their medals at a young age as a lifestyle choice and watch the medals' value climb steeply over subsequent years after they have parted company with them.

I agree, using common sense, he probably thinks the money is used for more important things to make life more secure or fun.

It's just me, whenever I see things like this, in the back of my mind, I always get, "I hope he's OK? Is he struggling? Maybe we can have a whip round so he doesn't have to sell them?"

Reality is, he's probably going to sniff coke off maidens stomachs on a Caribbean Island drinking large Asbachs and go out with a bang! I know I would if my GSM & Granby would raise £120,000!
 
It's just me, whenever I see things like this, in the back of my mind, I always get, "I hope he's OK? Is he struggling? Maybe we can have a whip round so he doesn't have to sell them?"
Yes,
The idea of soldiers having to sell medals is not exactly discouraged by medal auctioneers Dix Noonan Webb in their pre-sale press releases, however subtly. "Hero Sells Medals to Fund Old Age" is almost a subliminal message for a reader to read 'Forced' in the sentence.

Thread drift here but I thought this video which I found when fact-checking for a previous posting re George Henderson GM, interesting for a number of reasons.

I'm not a follower of the medal auction scene but I would have thought that a double George Medal (only 27 recipients of the bar) would have attracted more than the hammer price of £16,000 only last year.

Seems a bit odd though that the daughter is selling in the hope the medals and story will be shared by future generations- I'd have thought it equally likely it would have disappeared into to a private collection.

 

Daxx

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Good luck to him. He can buy a replacement set relatively cheaply as a family heirloom, meanwhile will have a nice lump of cash from one of these weird people that like to collect medals they haven't earned.
 
Good luck to him. He can buy a replacement set relatively cheaply as a family heirloom, meanwhile will have a nice lump of cash from one of these weird people that like to collect medals they haven't earned.

I strongly suspect that a certain Tory Lord will take a keen interest . . .
 

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