Auction: 18002 - Orders, Decorations and Medals
(x) Six: Chief Stoker A. J. Jewson, Royal Navy, late King’s Royal Rifle Corps, who survived the loss of H.M.S. Keith off Le Panne during Operation “Dynamo” in June 1940 and won a mention in despatches in the coastal escort Kittiwake in the summer of 1943
British War and Victory Medals (C-6651 Pte. J. A. Jewson, K.R.R.C.), note initials; 1939-45 Star; Atlantic Star; War Medal 1939-45, M.I.D. oak leaf; Royal Navy L.S. & G.C., G.V.R., coinage bust (K. 58398 A. J. Jewson, S.P.O., H.M.S. Ceres), the earlier awards mounted as worn and the 1939-45 awards in their addressed card forwarding box, together with his identity discs, the British War and Victory Medals with edge bruising and polished, fair to fine, the remainder very fine or better (6)
Alfred James Jewson was born at South Norwood, Surrey in July 1899 and served for nearly two years as a Private in the King’s Royal Rifle Corps in the latter half of the Great War.
Having then transferred to the Royal Navy as an Acting Stoker 1st Class in August 1919, he gained steady advancement and was awarded his L.S. & G.C. Medal in November 1932.
By the renewal of hostilities in September 1939 he was serving as a Chief Stoker in the destroyer H.M.S. Keith and he remained likewise employed until Keith’s loss off Le Panne during Operation “Dynamo” on 1 June 1940. On that date, she was extensively damaged by enemy aircraft attack, one bomb falling in the aft funnel and exploding in No. 2 boiler room. Three officers and 33 ratings were killed. Keith had already lent valuable service off the Hook of Holland and suffered the loss of her captain off Boulogne on 23 May 1940, when engaged by enemy mortar fire whilst embarking British troops.
In December 1940, Jewson joined the coastal escort Kittiwake, and he remained similarly employed until June 1945. Kittiwake carried out anti-submarine patrols in the North Sea and was closely engaged with German E-Boats on more than one occasion. Jewson was mentioned in despatches (London Gazette 2 June 1943, refers) and was released from service in September 1945; sold with the recipient’s original parchment Certificate of Service.
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