medal code j2485

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A RARE SPECIAL FORCES AND S.O.E. B.E.M. GROUP TO A WIRELESS OPERATOR WHO AFTER BEING TRAINED FOR A SABOTAGE AND RESISTANCE OPERATION IN THE CAUCUSES IN 1941, WAS ONE OF A FOUR MAN TEAM THAT WAS PARACHUTED BEHIND ENEMY LINES IN YUGOSLAVIA. OPERATING WITH THE PARTISANS UNDER GENERAL MIHAILOVIC BETWEEN 1942 TO 1944, LATTERLY UNDER ‘FORCE 133’ HE WAS ONE OF THE VERY LAST MEN TO LEAVE WHEN THE BRITISH LIAISON TEAM WAS EVACUATED IN MAY 1944

BRITISH EMPIRE MEDAL, (MILITARY) G.V.R ‘NO. 2332894 SIGMN. RICHARD. W. F. EMLY’ 1939-45 STAR, AFRICA STAR, ITALY STAR ‘‘NO 2332894 C.Q.M.S. RICHARD W. F. EMLY. B.E.M. R. SIGS’, DEFENCE AND WAR MEDALS 1939-45‘NO 2332894 C.Q.M.S. R. W. F. EMLY. B.E.M. R. SIGS’, EFFICIENCY MEDAL, E.II.R., 2ND ISSUE, TERRITORIAL, WITH SECOND AND THIRD AWARD BARS ‘2332894 S.Q.M.S. R. W. F. EMLY. B.E.M. R. SIGS.’

B.E.M. London Gazette 12 October 1943. Original recommendation by MO4, 9 April 1943;

operator and cypherer for guerrilla leaders. Throughout this time he has shown unwavering devotion to duty in most difficult circumstances and has carried out his work cheerfully and efficiently. His discipline has been exemplary while his energy, initiative and determination has been an encouragement to all those who had come in contact with him.”

The is a sub note; “It is requested that should the award be made, there should be no publicity for security reasons”

Richard Walter Francis ‘Tubby’ Emly, was born on 22 May 1918 in Greenwich, London. A Telephone Engineer by trade, he joined the Army on 17 January 1940 and was posted to the Royal Signals. He embarked for Egypt in June 1940 and was posted to Egypt Command, Royal Signals. To Base Depot in June 1941, Emly had clearly been singled out for Special training as on 1 August 1941, he was posted to Irregular Wireless Operators Section (I.W.O.S.), where according another trainee; Sergeant Harry Hainsworth, an N.C.O. Emly would serve closely with:
‘Wireless operators were trained there and at the same time brought to a very high standard of fitness and stamina, there they were stretched to the limits of their endurance before being posted to the Middle East Commando, Long Range Desert Group or other similar irregular units…….

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Sold with original Buckingham bestowal document for the B.E.M. and its corresponding St James’s Palace receipt. Also a very large file of research including service record, ‘secret’ documents copied from the National Archives, a copy of the unpublished book "special missions" by Harry Hainsworth (on CD), the original of which is held in the Imperial War Museum Collection;
https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/1030012407

Also two superb copy photographs from the same museum taken of Emly and Hainsworth whilst serving with the partisans in Northern Monenegro in 1942. Interestingly one shows them wearing para jackets and SAS wings. The other photo shows them wearing partisan’s caps which had been given to them by General Mihailovic.

Condition, contact marks, VF and better. All WW2 medals unofficially named. A quite superb group to an exceptionally brave soldier, with a great deal more research potential.

Code J2485        Price £