Second World War Burma and Italy campaign and Territorial long service group awarded to Lieutenant and Honorary Captain T.E. Mellor, 7th Gurkha Rifles, Indian Army, formerly Territorial Army, who was commissioned in July 1942, and was then Special...

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Second World War Burma and Italy campaign and Territorial long service group awarded to Lieutenant and Honorary Captain T.E. Mellor, 7th Gurkha Rifles, Indian Army, formerly Territorial Army, who was commissioned in July 1942, and was then Specially Employed. He saw service with the 7th Gurkha Rifles, and was a member of either the 1st Battalion or the 3rd Battalion, 7th Gurkhas during the retreated from Burma in 1942. Later he would appear to have probably seen service with the 2nd Battalion, 7th Gurkhas in Italy where it fought in the Battle of Monte Cassino.

Group of 5: 1939-1945 Star; Burma Star; Italy Star; War Medal; Efficiency Medal, GVI 1st type bust, Territorial suspension; (LT T E MELLOR 7GR), all WW2 campaigns and medals are of matching patina, indicative of issue to one recipient.

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Awarded to Lieutenant (No.EC/7016) T.E. Mellor, 7th Gurkha Rifles, Indian Army, formerly Territorial Army. Mellor was commissioned into the Indian Army on 9th July 1942, and was then Special Employed, being promoted to War Substantive Lieutenant on 9th January 1943. Mellor saw service with the 7th Gurkha Rifles, and was a member of either the 1st Battalion or the 3rd Battalion, 7th Gurkhas during the retreated from Burma in 1942.
Mellor may well have then joined the 2nd Battalion, 7th Gurkhas on service in Italy with the 8th Army, when it fought in the Battle of Monte Cassino and became one of only a very small number of battalions to earn a Battle Honour on its own, ‘Tavoleto’, for seizing the hilltop town of that name in the Marche. The Battalion completed its wartime service in Greece as part of the British force sent to stabilise the country following the end of German occupation.

Mellor was subsequently belatedly awarded the Efficiency Medal as a Lieutenant and Honorary Captain, the award being published in the London Gazette for 4th August 1981.