Auction: 18002 - Orders, Decorations and Medals
Royal Fleet Reserve L.S. & G.C., G.V.R., coinage bust (CH. 20524 (CH. B. 2861) J. Matthews, Mne., R.F.R.), good very fine
John Matthews was born in London in January 1899 and enlisted in the Royal Marines in Liverpool in March 1916. Drafted to the Chatham Division, he served in 3rd R.M. Battalion, Royal Naval Division, from March 1917 to November 1919. Then between May 1920 and April 1922, he served in the cruiser H.M.S. Castor, which ship undertook an extensive tour of the Baltic in August-October 1921, returning via Scandinavia. Having then joined the Royal Fleet Reserve, and been awarded his L.S. & G.C. Medal in October 1932, Matthews was mobilised in the Second World War and, among other appointments, served at the R.M.'s School of Signals. He was finally released from service in September 1945.
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