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Auction: 24001 - Orders, Decorations and Medals
Lot: 161

A 1943 M.B.E. group of seven awarded to Lieutenant-Colonel J. D. Fairman, Royal Signals, who had previously earned a 'mention' whilst in the ranks in Burma 1930-32

The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, 2nd Type, Military Division, Member's (M.B.E.) breast Badge, silver; India General Service 1908-35, 1 clasp, Burma 1930-32, with M.I.D. oakleaves (534340 Sjt. J. D. Fairman. R. Signals.); 1939-45 Star; Defence and War Medals 1939-45; Coronation 1937; Army L.S. & G.C., Regular Army (534340 Sjt. J. D. Fairman. R. Signals), mounted as worn, good very fine (7)

M.B.E. London Gazette 5 August 1943. The original recommendation states:

'252 Indian Armoured Brigade, 31 Indian Armoured Division, Paiforce.

This officer took over, what I have been led to understand was a rather indifferent mixed British and Indian Signal Squadron in November 1941. Since then he has worked with complete selflessness and has raised the standard of his men to such a degree that in my opinion the Squadron can be ranked amongst the best units of its type in the Army. In spite of lack of equipment and long periods of training he has shown great ability and resourcefulness in overcoming all difficulties. He has been an inspiration to his men, both British and Indian. His work has been of an outstanding nature.'

M.I.D. London Gazette 20 December 1932 (4th Indian Divisional Signals - Burma).

John/Jack David Fairman served in the ranks of the Royal Signals and was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant in February 1940. Having earned his M.B.E. during the Second World War, he retired as Lieutenant-Colonel on 31 March 1956.

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