Lot 541 , A World War II Italian Campaign Distinguished Service Order medal group to Brigadier John Frederick Adye, Royal Regiment of Artillery
A World War II Italian Campaign Distinguished Service Order medal group to Brigadier John Frederick Adye, Royal Regiment of Artillery comprising: DSO, GVIR, silver gilt and enamel, the reverse of the suspension bar dated 1945, with integral top riband bar, 1939-45 Star, Italy Star, Defence Medal, War Medal with M.I.D. oak leaf and Africa General Service Medal with Kenya clasp (unnamed), complete with miniatures
Note: DSO London Gazette 13 December 1945 'In recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Italy'.
The recommendation states: 'For distinguished service and conspicuous devotion to duty during active operations from October 1944 to the end of the Italian Campaign with particular reference to the period of the final offensive 1 April to 2 May 1945...A particularly active period was the rapid advance through the ARGENTA GAP (2860) to FERRARA...Lt Col Adye also paid frequent visits, sometimes under fire, to Battery Commanders in support of forward Battalions in order to personally assist in arranging fire support if necessary.
There is no doubt that as a direct result of his outstanding devotion to duty, great energy and personal example that fire support was at all times extremely effective; this contributed largely to the success of the operations.'
DSO dated 1945 on the bar.
Kenya not named and thought to have been 'self-awarded'.
Only paperwork is a letter from Field Records GHQ East Africa re approval for the issue of a replacement Defence Medal.
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Sold for £2,400