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Auction: 24001 - Orders, Decorations and Medals
Lot: 163

A unusual 1945 M.B.E. group of eight awarded to Captain E. J. Pateman, Intelligence Corps, late Indian Corps of Clerks, who served with the Censor's Office in Calcutta during the Second World War

The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, Member's (M.B.E.) breast Badge, Military Division, silver; British War Medal 1914-20 (Serjt. E. J. Pateman, I.U.L.); War Medal 1939-45; India Service Medal 1939-45; Delhi Dubar 1911; Jubilee 1935, Coronation 1937; Army L.S. & G.C. (Sjt. E. J. Pateman. Ind. Cps. of Clerks.), slight contact wear, good very fine overall (8)

M.B.E. London Gazette 14 June 1945.

Edwin John Pateman was born at Acton in July 1888, the son of Jesse and Martha Pateman. Enlisting with the Royal Field Artillery as a Gunner on 23 October 1906, he was posted to India on 5 February 1908. Still there for the Delhi Durbar three years later he was awarded a Durbar medal for his attendance.

Pateman was still in India on the outbreak of the Great War and joined the Indian Unattached List as one of the Corps of Military Staff Clerks on 31 March 1915. Transferred to the Indian Corps of Clerks with the rank of Sergeant on 1 February 1924, he became Staff Sergeant on 1 April 1929.

Holding this role until 1 February 1932 Pateman then received a warrant for the rank of Sub-Conductor. Further advanced Conductor two years later, on 8 March 1934 he was to serve in that role at the outbreak of the Second World War.

Commissioned Lieutenant on 10 January 1941 Pateman was posted to the Intelligence Corps. He served in the Calcutta Censor's office where he served as Office Supervisor, being promoted Captain 1 February 1942; sold together with copied service records, Army Lists, census data and London Gazette extracts.

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