The Tom May Collection -British Groups


Lot 2064    Session 7 (11.30am Wednesday)    The Tom May Collection -British Groups

Estimate $1,000
SOLD $3,500

GROUP OF SIX: The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (GRI) Military (MBE); Military Cross (GRI); 1914-15 Star; British War Medal 1914-18; Victory Medal 1914-19; Cadet Forces Medal (GVIR). The first two unnamed, 2.Lieut. J.L.Chalmers R.F.C. on third medal, Capt. J.L.Chalmers, R.F.C. on fourth and fifth medals, Act.Wg.Cdr. J.Chalmers. R.A.F.V.R. (T) on last medal. All named medals impressed. Swing mounted as worn, extremely fine.

Together with matching set of miniatures. MBE: Supplement to LG 1/1/1945, p22, MBE (Military) Acting Wing Commander James Lander Chalmers, MC (61736) Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. MC: Supplement to LG 20/10/1916, p10177, 2nd Lt (Temp Captain) James Lander Chalmers RFC, Special Reserve. Citation: 'For conspicuous gallantry and skill. He has done much fine counter-battery work, often flying very low under heavy fire from the ground. On one occasion one of our shells broke the main spar of his machine. On another, in one flight, he dealt effectively with four enemy batteries.' RFC: 2nd Lt J L Chalmers, Spec Res, LG 16/11/1915, p11327. RFC: Flt Commander from Flying Officer, 2nd Lt J L Chalmers, Spec Res, Supplement to LG 24/8/1916, p8380. RFC: effective 1/9/1916, Temp Capt Supplement to LG 11/10/1916, p9820. RFC: Sqn Commander from Flight Commander and Temp Major whilst so employed, Lt (Temp Capt) J L Chalmers MC, Spec Res, Supplement to LG 27/10/1917, p11092. R. Ir. Fus: relinquish acting rank of Captain - Temp Lt J L Chalmers MC, Service Bn 10/2/1918, Supplement to LG 29/4/1918, p5143. RAF: effective 10/7/1919 Maj J L Chalmers MC, LG 22/7/1919, p9256. RAF: Training Branch. Acting Pilot Officer on probation RAF for duration of hostilities. James Lander Chalmers, MC (61736) 4.3.1941, Supplement to LG 28/3/1941, p1819. Mentioned in R.F.C. by Cole, p193, '21 July 1916 Lt J.L.Chalmers and Lt H.B.Cox of 9 Squadron saw 50 men walking behind a ledge between Leuze Wood and Guillemont. They dived at them and scattered them with machine gun fire.' With research.

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