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Active service in the Boer War and Second World War 4 years 1 month ago #42204

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While there are quite a few groups that include awards for the Second World War, there are many fewer groups that acknowledge active service. The group to Major Thomas May, DFA, of Kimberley fame is a good case in point.

I saw this group that sold recently on eBay in Australia for £650 which I thought was a very good price.

The medals consist of

QSA (5) Tr RoL OFS TH CC (13542 Bomb F Gillard 28 B RFA)
KSA (2) (13542 Cpl F Gillard RFA)
1914/15 Star, British War & Victory Medals (30541 Pnr F Gillard RE on the Star & 30541 Spr F Gillard on the War & Victory)
1939/45 Star Defence & Victory 1939-1945 Medals
Imperial Service Medal (Frank Gillard)
Dunkirk Veterans medal

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Active service in the Boer War and Second World War 4 years 1 month ago #42209

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Good Morning David......

It is a good group and I always chuckle a little as to the WW1 and 2 medals mounted in reverse yet his QSA/KSA and IMP are not..... I have seen this a number of times in mounted and framed medals..... One family showed me a WW2 set and on closer inspection I found that the original face had been removed all the medals including the cypher on the stars and was told that "Granddad hated royalty, he thought them a waste of money", all I could do was shake my head..... The only one not touched was the CVSM......

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GCB
KBE
CMG
QSA (5) OFS RoL Tr LN SA02
QGA (1) Gambia
1914-15 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal, M.I.D. Oak Leaves
Defence Medal
War Medal
Jubilee 1935
Coronation 1937
Russia, Imperial, Order of St. Stanislas, Military Division, Badge, silver-gilt and enamel,

G.C.B. London Gazette 11.5.1937 Air Chief Marshal Sir John Miles Steel, K.C.B., K.B.E., C.M.G., Royal Air Force.

K.C.B. London Gazette 1.1.1935 Air Marshal Sir John Miles Steel, K.B.E., C.B., C.M.G., Royal Air Force.

C.B. London Gazette 3.6.1922 Air Commodore John Miles Steel, C.M.G., C.B.E., Royal Air Force.

K.B.E. London Gazette 3.7.1926 Air Vice-Marshal John Miles Steel, C.B., C.M.G., C.B.E., Royal Air Force.

C.B.E. London Gazette 1.1.1919 Col. (A./Br.-Gen.) John Miles Steel, Royal Air Force
'In recognition of valuable services rendered in connection with the War.'

C.M.G. London Gazette 3.6.1919 Col. (A./Brig.-Genl.) John Miles Steel, C.B.E., Royal Air Force
'In recognition of distinguished services rendered during the War.'

Air Chief Marshal Sir John Miles Steel, G.C.B., K.B.E., C.M.G., (1877-1965), the son of Colonel J.P. Steel, Royal Engineers; educated at H.M.S. Britannia; Naval Cadet, 1892; Commissioned Sub-Lieutenant, 1897; served during the Second Boer War with the Naval Brigade, and took part in the Relief of Ladysmith and subsequent operations (wounded at Elandslaagte); served in the Gambia River Expedition (Mentioned in Despatches); promoted Commander, 1912; served during the Great War in the Grand Fleet, and present at the Battle of Jutland, 31.5-1.6.1916 as Second in Command, H.M.S. Conqueror (Mentioned in Despatches London Gazette 15.9.1916 and awarded the Russian Order of St. Stanislas); promoted Captain, 1916; appointed Royal Naval Air Service; served as Director of Air Division, Admiralty, 1918; transferred to the Royal Air Force, as Air Commodore, 1919; served as Member of the Air Council and Deputy Chief of the Air Staff, Air Ministry, 1923-26; promoted Air Vice Marshal, 1925; served as Air Officer Commanding Wessex Bombing Area, 1926-31; Air Officer Commanding Royal Air Force in India, 1931-35; promoted Air Marshal, 1932; appointed Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Air Defence of Great Britain, 1935; promoted Air Chief Marshal, 1936; retired, 1937; served during the Second World War as Air Officer Commanding Reserve Command, 1939-40, and as Controller-General of Economy, Air Ministry, 1941-45.
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