SMHS Meeting - Orders, Decorations and Medals

21 Aug 2013

Our August Speaker was Roy Butler, Senior Partner of Wallis and Wallis specialist auctioneers of Lewes, who joined us to speak on the subject of Orders, Medals and Decorations. Roy has featured on the popular BBC Antiques Roadshow and told us that the more usual recipients of his talks are passengers on cruise ships! Roy's extremely informative talk took us through the various Orders, Medals, bars, clasps and ribbons.

Following Roy's talk, SMHS member Ed Tyhurst offered thanks and was pleased to add that Newhaven Fort actually holds the only General Service medal awarded to a cat! The story goes that on the day of the Dieppe Raid a black and white cat stowed away on board Tank Landing Craft number 5. The craft was subsequently severely damaged but Sooty” clung to the helmet of a survivor and made it safely back to Newhaven.

Another survivor generously donated his own medal to Sooty” when the PDSA failed to honour Sooty because she had stowed away!


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7.30pm for 8.00pm start
Function Room of the
Royal Oak Public House,
Station Street, Lewes,
East Sussex.


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