A very fine Palestine Arab Rebellion, Second World War Italy, and Malayan Emergency double long service group awarded to Warrant Officer 2nd Class J.W. Newell, Army Air Corps, late 2nd Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment and later Army Cadet Force, who is believed to have parachuted into Sicily in 1943, and received a rare to unit Regular Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal named to him with the Army Air Corps in its original form.
Group of 7: General Service Medal 1918-1962, GVI 1st type bust, 2 Clasps: Palestine, Malaya, second clasp loose on ribbon; (5333353 PTE. J. NEWELL. R. BERKS R.); 1939-1945 Star; Italy Star; Defence Medal; War Medal; Regular Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, GVI 1st type bust; (5333353 W.O.CL.2. J.W. NEWELL. A.A.C.); Cadet Forces Medal, EIIR Dei.Grat. bust; (SMI. J.W. NEWELL. ACF.), first six mounted swing style as worn, last loose and on presentation hook as issued.
Condition: Good Very Fine.
Together with the following:
Royal Antedilivian Order of Buffaloes Jewel for the Grand Lodge of England, reverse engraved: ‘Bro. James W. Newell Initiated 17-10-1949 Bodega Lodge 8019’.
Five original photographs relating to recipient, including one which shows sticks of men parachuting from Dakota aircraft.
And the award forwarding letter for the Cadet Forces Medal as issued by the County Cadet Commandant of the Sussex Army Cadet Force, this together with the original award enclosure letter issued to SMI J.W. Newell – Greater London (N.E. Sector) dated 12th September 1969, and the packet, addressed to The Secretary, Greater London TA&VR, Duke of Yorks, Chelsea, London, this post dated for 12th September 1969.
James William Newell came from Aldershot, Hampshire, and was a pre-war regular soldier, serving as a Private (No.5333353) with the 2nd Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment, he saw service in Palestine during the Arab Rebellion in the late 1930’s, and then went on to see service during the Second World War, having transferred into the Army Air Corps on its formation, he is believed to have parachuted into Sicily in 1943.
Newell later claimed his Regular Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal in Army Orders No.86 of July 1947, which is scarce when named to the Army Air Corps. Newell later went on to see service in Malaya during the Malayan Emergency, and then joined the Army Cadet Force in the Sussex and Greater London North East Sector, serving as a Sergeant Major Instructor, he was awarded the Cadet Forces Medal on 12th September 1969.