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Lot 2130    SESSION 8 (2.30PM WEDNESDAY 29TH MARCH)    Orders, Decorations & Medals - Other Countries

Estimate $200
SOLD $220

FRANCE, Family Group to Brothers: (Andrie Thomas), a medal display in oval timber frame (approx 40x32cm) under glass being a coloured display for Andrie Thomas, voluntary Quartermaster Gunner on board the 'Lorraine', served in campaigns in Indies, Syria, Egypt, awarded Colonial Medal, features his b&w photo in navy seaman's uniform and Combattant's Cross and 1939-1945 Commemorative Medal, also separately are his other medals, Volunteer Combatant's Cross with clasp 'Guerre 1939-1945; Cross of the Resistance Volunteer Combattant; Colonial Medal with clasp 'Extreme-Orient', and with various documents and certificates. (George Thomas), various documents and certificates only. Good very fine. (lot)

Andre Lucien Thomas, born 30Mar1923 at Cognin (Savoy), France; entered service at 5th Depot 29Apr1941 until 08May1941, Anti-aircraft artillery (Marseilles) 08May1941 to 01Mar1943; Paris 01Mar1943 to 01Sep1943; leave without pay 01Sep1943 to 20Feb1945; Quartermaster gunner 01Jul1945; sent on long duration leave 09Dec1945; served in Far East campaign; service history of 3 years 9 months and 4 days ashore and 8 months and 8 days at sea; awarded elementary qualification as Gunner at Marseilles 01Oct1941; awarded Anti-aircraft sound man at Toulon 01Aug1942; received Certificate of Good Conduct with mention 'Exemplary'

Awarded a French Forces of the Interior (FFI) Citation No.91 by Major Heritier, Chief, Secret Army of Savoy - Citation - 'Devoted and brave young member of the Secret Army. Was usefully employed in many operations of the Resistance, answering his chief's calls with dedication. Arrested by the Gestapo on 14 January 1944.' Signed under seal by Major Planche, Head, French Forces of the Interior, Savoy and by Major Heritier, Chief, Secret Army of Savoy.

Sgt Georges Thomas, 502nd Observation Group, awarded Croix De Guerre with Bronze Star citation on 8 July 1940 by Lt Col Cottias, commanding the Air Force of Paris, in Squadron Orders with citation: 'Excellent machine gunner. Showed great courage and coolness on 30 June 1940, during a low-level reconnaissance mission over enemy territory by machine-gunning enemy posts to cover the withdrawal of his crew, whose observer had just been wounded. Had his aircraft crippled and forced to land close to the [front] lines.'

Together with a large portfolio of French language documents including the above certificates/citations, ID cards with photos, Secret Army member's card, various other photo ID cards for membership of military organisations, service records and other documents, a most comprehensive collection sorted into order in a folder, many with translation.

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