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Auction: 24001 - Orders, Decorations and Medals
Lot: 213

A Great War Kite Balloon M.B.E. group of three to Captain E. W. Geere, Royal Air Force, late Royal Naval Air Service and Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve

The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, 1st Type, Member's (M.B.E.) breast Badge, Military Division, silver; British War and Victory Medals (Capt. E. W. Geere. R.A.F.), mounted court-style as worn, good very fine (3)

M.B.E. London Gazette 3 June 1919.

Ernest Walter Geer (Geere) was born on 21 March 1889 at Bromley, Kent. He was a Chemical Merchant prior to his enlistment into the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve on 27 March 1917 as an Ordinary Seaman. He is noted as serving on Victory VI between 16 April 1917-6 August 1917.

His papers note his discharge on 28 July 1917, so that he may enter the Royal Naval Air Service as a Probationary Flight Officer with Kite Balloons. Geere was subsequently entered as a Temporary Probationary Flight Officer on the 3 August 1917. He graduated as a Kite Balloon Observer on 5 October 1917 at Roehampton. For the 28 December 1917 he is noted as being at the base at Milford Haven with the rank of Flight Sub-Lieutenant attached to the Kite Balloon base, with the additional note as being "Keen & capable, G Signaller". Geere appears on the Air List as Lieutenant E. W. Geer (sic) (Acting Captain on 1 April 1918 as a Kite Balloon Officer at Caldale with a further note as "Has flown at night". He appears on the Unemployed List on 11 February 1919.

The family appear to have had the business W. A. Geere & Company Limited, the London Gazette of 22 August 1930 has Ernest Geere as being the appointed as Liquidator of the business.

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