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Auction: 24001 - Orders, Decorations and Medals
Lot: 160

An inter-war M.B.E. group of six awarded to Captain V. Crews, Indian Unattached List, later Squadron Leader, Royal Air Force

The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, Member's (M.B.E.) breast Badge, Military Division, silver; British War Medal 1914-20 (S-Sgt. V. Crews. I.U.L.); Defence and War Medals 1939-45; Coronation Medal 1953; Army L.S. & G.C. (S-Sgt. V. Crews. I.O.D.), slight contact wear, good very fine overall (6)

M.B.E. London Gazette 11 May 1937.

Viccars Govett Crews was born on 22 September 1885 at Leicester. Joining the Military prior to the war he appears on the census for 1911 as a Sergeant with the 21st (Empress of India's) Lancers. A Staff Sergeant on the outbreak of the Great War, Crews served in India, appearing on the roll for No. 1 Inspection Section at Ishapore.

Transferring to the Indian Ordnance Department he was appointed Conductor with them and later commissioned Lieutenant (Assistant Commissary) on 4 March 1934. Promoted Captain (Deputy Commissary) on 28 March 1936 Crews retired on 1 January 1937. Despite this he appears upon the 1939 census as an Equipment Officer for the Royal Air Force with the rank of Captain.

Appointed Flight Lieutenant with the Equipment Branch of the R.A.F. on 14 May 1940 Crews was advanced Squadron Leader the next year on 1 June 1941. He retired again after the war; sold together with copied medal rolls, Air Force Lists, census data and London Gazette extracts.

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