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Auction: 24001 - Orders, Decorations and Medals
Lot: 153

A 1978 Metropolitan Police C.B.E. group of seven awarded to Major P. J. G. Buckley, Royal Army Medical Corps, later Metropolitan Police

The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, 2nd Type, Civil Division, Commander's (C.B.E.) neck Badge, silver-gilt and enamel; 1939-45 Star; Africa Star; Italy Star; Defence and War Medals 1939-45; Jubilee 1977, the campaign awards in their named box of issue, the Jubilee medal with its certificate of issue, good very fine (7)

C.B.E. London Gazette 3 June 1978.

Philip John Gilbert Buckley was born at Derby on 18 January 1917, the son of Gilbert and Annie Buckley of 38 Otter Street, Derby. He was born just ten months before the death of his father Gilbert Henry Buckley, who was killed in action in France on 30 November 1917. The younger Buckley was mobilised for service himself with the Royal Army Medical Corps on 2 September 1939.

Early in the conflict he applied for a commission and was accepted as an officer cadet. Buckley was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant in the Intelligence Corps on 13 September 1942. This role saw him well prepared for his post-war career in the Metropolitan Police, culminating in the appointment of Director of Administration with the force.

He retired to Oxfordshire and died there on 21 November 2002; sold together with copied research including census data and London Gazette extracts as well as an archive of original material comprising:

An Operations Order for the Coronation of Elizabeth II.

Embodiment documents.

Reply to the recipient's application to join the Territorial Army.

Message from Field Marshall Montgomery to Army Group 21.

Portrait photograph.

Pencil sketch.

The forwarding slip for the coronation Medal 1953.

Dinner menu dated to 1978.

Childhood photograph of the recipient.

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