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Auction: 18002 - Orders, Decorations and Medals
Lot: 480

A Second War D.S.M. group of five awarded to Chief Engineman G. Christians, Royal Navy

Distinguished Service Medal, G.VI.R. (Ch. Engmn. G. Christians. Lt/Kx. 109929), officially engraved naming; 1939-45 Star; Atlantic Star; Defence and War Medals 1939-45, M.I.D. Oak Leaf, mounted as worn, good very fine (5)

D.S.M. London Gazette 3 April 1945.

M.I.D. London Gazette 16 January 1945.

Gerard Christians, a native of Edinburgh was serving as Chief Engineman aboard the minesweeper BYMS-2188 at the time of winning the above distinctions. Commanded by Skipper R. E. Hannaford, R.N.R., 2188 was commissioned in March 1943 and originally operated out of Halifax and St. John's, Newfoundland.

Recalled to the U.K. for the Normandy landings, she lent valuable service off Utah beach and, as per Christians's 'mention', off Cherbourg in early July 1944; two minesweepers were lost in the latter operations. His subsequent award of the D.S.M. reflected equally hazardous mine work clearance off Holland in the period October-November 1944, and in similar operations to clear the estuary of the Scheldt.

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