On 20th November, Spink
London held an auction of historically important Orders,
Decorations, Campaign Medals and Militaria.
The auction, comprised of 500 Lots,
generated significant interest in a number of important medals and
medal groups which resulted in remarkable prices.
At the forefront of this successful
auction were the decorations and medals awarded to Lieutenant P.P.
'Clem' Clements of the Parachute Regiment and X Troop 11 SAS, one
of the most highly decorated members of the airborne forces, of
which he had been a founding member.
Lot 9 - Price Realised: £98,400
On the outbreak of WWII,
Clements volunteered for special service, and was enlisted No.
2 (Parachute) Commando in the recently formed British Airborne
Forces, subsequently to become X Troop 11
Clements took part in the
first British Airborne Raid, Operation Colossus, to parachute in
and destroy an aqueduct over the River Tragino, south-western
Italy. As the senior NCO in the operation, he was awarded the
Military Medal for his gallantry.
Taken POW during the
operation, he undertook clandestine operations for MI9 whilst
imprisoned in Sulmona Camp.
Successfully escaping, his
work was recognised by the award of the Distinguished Conduct
Medal. Having being repatriated to the United Kingdom, he was
Commissioned into the Parachute Regiment, leading his men
with distinction against heavy armour in the Forests of Ardenne in
1945. Wounded four times, he was awarded his third and final
gallantry award, the Military Cross.
Amongst the other lots
bestowed for outstanding zeal was the Superb 'Ace-in-a-Day' Battle
of Britain Group to Spitfire Pilot R.F. 'The Pied Piper of
Harrogate' Hamlyn, Royal Air Force.
Lot 13 - Price Realised:
At the height of the Battle
of Britain, he shot down 5 enemy aircraft in one day, and was
awarded an 'Immediate' Distinguished Flying Medal. He went on to
score at least 10 victories, 8 of which were recorded between
14th - 30th August 1940.
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