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Title G.K. Bourne - RAF Cadet College athletics prize medal
Nationality British
Period 1921

This belonged to Gen. Lord Geoffrey Kemp Bourne, born 1902, educated Rugby School and RMA Woolwich, commissioned 1923 2nd Lt. RA, served on General Staff throughout WW2 in Burma 1945-46 with 5th Indian Division, landing on a recce mission behind enemy lines in Holland during 'Operation Varsity' in March 1944. He later commanded in Malaya 1954-56.

He was made a life peer in 1964 and GCB in 1960. He had a long association with airborne forces after the war, as GOC 16th Airborne Division 1951-53 and then as Hon. Col. 10th Bn. Parachute Regiment (TA) 1960-65. He was appointed Colonel Commandant of the RA in 1954 and ADC to the Queen 1959-60. He was awarded the Order of the Legion of Merit and the Silver Star by the USA for his WW2 service. He was made CMG in 1952 and KBE in 1954.

This silver athletics medal is in GVF condition and measures 1.75"across.

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[Militaria : Medals : British : 20th Century]


Package arrived safely - contents well up to expectations...very pleased indeed. Sincere thanks once again!

C H, UK, 24.02.2015

The pommel arrived safely today... It's a nice little object and really quite tactile... As usual, it was a pleasure to do business with you and I look forward to finding something else in your stock to tempt me.

J M, UK, 09.05.2009