Exmouth naval hero's medals up for auction
EIGHT medals honouring an Exmouth naval hero are being put up for auction next Saturday in Exeter. The medals, worth up to �300, are from the Great War from 1914-1918 and the Second World War, 1939-1945, and were awarded to a RG Marshall of the Royal Navy
EIGHT medals honouring an Exmouth naval hero are being put up for auction next Saturday in Exeter.
The medals, worth up to �300, are from the Great War from 1914-1918 and the Second World War, 1939-1945, and were awarded to a RG Marshall of the Royal Navy.
Born in Exmouth he entered the Royal Navy in 1903, eventually rising to the rank of Lieutenant Commander.
A gunnery specialist, he was chosen to supervise the armament of the ill-fated HMS Exeter, which fought in the famous Battle of the River Plate against the Admiral Graf Spee before being was sunk by the Japanese in 1942.
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After the refit he retired in 1932 only to be called back into service and served on an armed P&O merchant liner.
He was injured and returned home and later became a well-known figure as Officer of the Watch in Devonport Barracks, Plymouth.
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He retired again in 1946 and returned to Exmouth and became a popular member of the Burma Star Association, and was also a founder member of the White Ensign Association - he died in 1967.
The medals on offer are three 1914-1918 Great war of Civilisation stars, a 1939-1945 star, the African Star, the Burma Star, the Defence Medal and another 1939-1945 service medal.
James Wakefield Whitton of Whitton and Laing Auctioners in Exeter said: These medals aren't particularly uncommon but it's nice to have the trio of stars and the whole collection together.
I think this collection is of great interest - he was a local individual and well known."
The auction takes place on Saturday June 20 at 1pm at the Auction Rooms in 32 Okehampton Street, Exeter.