Palestine Arab Rebellion and Second World War Middle East and Italy group awarded to Colonel J.G.D. Fanshawe, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, who saw active service with the 1st Battalion of his regiment in Palestine and then during the Second World War in the Western Desert Campaign in 1940, and in 1941 would possibly have been present at Crete followed by operations in Abyssinia. He regiment was subsequently present at the Second Battle of El Alamein in 1942 before moving on to Sicily and Italy. Post-war he remained the service until the early 1970’s, and had command of the Depot of his regiment on the occasion of the Coronation in 1953, whilst two years later he was in command of No.4 Company. He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in 1961.
Group of 7: General Service Medal 1918-1962, GVI 1st type bust, 1 Clasp: Palestine; (2/LT. J.G.D. FANSHAWE. A. & S.H.); 1939-1945 Star; Africa Star; Burma Star; Defence Medal; War Medal; Coronation Medal 1953. Mounted swing style as worn.
Condition: Good Very Fine.
Together with the recipient’s matching group of miniature medals, these mounted court style as worn.
John Guy Dalrymple Fanshawe saw service as a 2nd Lieutenant (No.77696) with the 1st Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders in Palestine during the Arab Rebellion, and on the outbreak of the Second World War was on service in the Middle East, where his battalion then fought during the Western Desert Campaign in 1940, and in 1941 was present at Crete followed by operations in Abyssinia.
Fanshawe was promoted to Lieutenant on 1st January 1941. His battalion went on to see service in North Africa, where it was present at the Second Battle of El Alamein, and it was later present in Sicily and Italy. Fanshawe was promoted to Captain on 1st July 1946. Fanshawe was promoted to Major on 25th August 1951, and is confirmed as having been awarded the Coronation Medal 1953. The Falkirk Herald for 26th September 1953 details that as this time Fanshawe was the Major commanding the Depot of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders at Falkirk Castle.
Fanshawe was in command of No.4 Company on the Anniversary of the Raising of the Regiment at Elgin in February 1955, and an image of the occasion survives showing Fanshawe accompanying the Deputy Colonel of the Regiment when he inspected No.4 Company. Fanshawe was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel on 1st October 1961, and is then shown as Supernumerary to Establishment as of 1st October 1964. Fanshawe retired as a full Colonel on 13th December 1972, he having latterly held a Staff position. Fanshawe latterly lived in Chilmark, Wiltshire, and died on 10th December 1984.