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Auction: 24001 - Orders, Decorations and Medals
Lot: 164

A post-war M.B.E. group of seven awarded to Squadron Sergeant-Major W. Hanson, Royal Engineers, who was further 'mentioned' for his service in Italy in 1945

The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, Member's (M.B.E.) breast Badge, Military Division, silver, with its Royal Mint case of issue; 1939-45 Star; Africa Star, with 1st Army clasp; Italy Star; Defence and War Medals 1939-45, with M.I.D. oakleaf; Efficiency Medal, Territorial, G.V.R. (2035393 Sjt. W. Hanson. R.E.), with three second award bars, mounted court-style for wear, contact marks, pitting and some edge bruising, nearly very fine (7)

M.B.E. London Gazette 12 June 1958, the original recommendation states:

'From September 1954 to date 509 Field Squadron R.E. (T.A.) has had only one officer able to attend training during the year. Because of the shortage of officers who can attend the regular weekly training periods, W.O.II. Hanson has undertaken duties and responsibilities far above those normally expected of a warrant officer in organising training programmes, supervising the administration of the unit and arranging week-end training. No duty has been too onerous or too much trouble and W.O.II Hanson has conducted himself in a manner which has been an inspiration to those with whom he has served.

W.O.II Hanson has, in addition, undertaken the social work of the unit personally. This efficiently organised work has involved a great deal of time and additional worry which has been cheerfully borne.

There is no doubt that the present high standard of the unit, and particularly the high attendance of its members, is due largely to the unselfish and tireless devotion to duty of this warrant officer, which has been far above and beyond the call of duty.

W.O.II Hanson is an active member of the executive committee of the local branch of the Regimental Association and he has also been able to give the time to run social functions for the purpose of raising funds for the work of the Association.

This warrant officer has not spared himself in any way to help others and his conduct is worthy of the highest recognition.

W.O.II. Hanson enlisted as a Territorial Army volunteer in 1936 and served at home and overseas throughout the 1939-45 War. During the war he was mentioned in Despatches. He rejoined the Territorial Army in 1949 and is still serving.'

William Hanson served in Italy in 1945 and was 'mentioned' for his services (London Gazette 29 November 1945, refers). He was released Class A on 19 December 1945 and served with the Territorial Army.

Posted to the 107 Field Engineer Regiment when his squadron, 509 Field Squadron, was transferred to them in 1949; sold together with copied research including award recommendations, London Gazette extracts and a Territorial Army listing as well as the original award document for the M.B.E.

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