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Auction: 24001 - Orders, Decorations and Medals
Lot: 147

An interesting 1985 C.M.G. pair awarded to Lieutenant A. C. Mayle, Suffolk Regiment, latterly reputedly a member of M.I.6 and the Intelligence Services, whilst Counsellor in the Unites States and Zambia - at the height of the Cold War

The Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George, C.M.G., Companion's neck Badge, silver-gilt and enamel, in Spink and Son, by Appointment to The Late King George VI case of issue; General Service 1918-62, 1 clasp, Malaya (2/Lt. A. C. Mayle. Suffolk.), good very fine (2)

C.M.G. London Gazette 31 December 1985.

Anthony Charles Mayle De Vere (formerly Mayle) was born on 23 January 1930. Educated at Wisbech Grammar School and St John's College, Cambridge and was commissioned to 2nd Lieutenant in the Suffolk Regiment on 24 May 1951. Subsequently transferred to the Reserve as Lieutenant on 10 February 1956, he changed his surname by deed poll to De Vere (London Gazette 28 September 1959), perhaps a ruse to give further cover for what appears to have been his entering the Intelligence Services.

The Intelligence World blogspot records the following:

'...Joined MI6 in 1963 after 11 years in the Colonial Administration in East Africa. He will be the first Secretary in Lusaka from 1967-70 and again in New York from 1972-74. He became Head of Division - an impossible knowledge of which at this stage - in the late 1970s and was appointed in 1982 in Washington. He died on 17 September 2008'. ( refers)

A Memorial Service was held in his memory in Norwich Cathedral in October 2008; sold together with copied research in a buckram bound file.

Jungle Green by Major Campbell gives good further detail of the Suffolk Regiment in Malaya.

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