Second World War Middle East and Italy, and post-war 1958 Swaziland Police rare Colonial Police Forces Meritorious Service Medal group awarded to Major Mark Ansell, Swaziland Police, formerly during the Second World War serving with the Union Defence Forces initially as a Private with the South African General Service Corps, and after a second re-enlistment, as a Gunner with the South African Artillery, serving with the 4th/22nd Field Regiment from April 1943 in the Middle East and then in Italy through to the end of the war.
Group of 7: 1939-1945 Star; Africa Star; Italy Star; Defence Medal; War Medal; Africa Service Medal 1939-1945; all named in officially impressed South African issue style; (582761 H. ANSELL); Colonial Police Forces Meritorious Service Medal, EIIR Dei.Grat. bust; (CAPT. MARK ANSELL. SWAZILAND POLICE), mounted court style as worn.
Condition: Good Very Fine.
Together with a photograph of the recipient being presented with his Colonial Police Forces Meritorious Service Medal by Sir Percival Leechings, the British High Commissioner for Swaziland in 1958.
Mark Ansell was born on 24th May 1921 in Swaziland, and having been a farmer, with the outbreak of the Second World War he then saw service as a Private (No.272448) with the General Service Corps and was present out in East Africa, but as a clerk was attached to the Headquarters of the 3rd South African Armoured Division from 10th July 1942 being then back in South Africa, and was discharged shortly afterwards.
Ansell then re-enlisted into the South African Union Defence Force at Pretoria on 22nd February 1943, joining as a Gunner (No.582761V) the South African Artillery, being posted to the 22nd Field Regiment. Ansell disembarked in Suez on 30th April 1943 and then saw service in the Middle East and Egypt where his regiment formed part of the 6th Armoured Division. As a member of the 4th/22nd Field Regiment, he saw further service in Italy from 23rd April 1943 through to the end of the war, and returned to the Union in January 1946, being discharged on 24th February 1946.
Ansell then joined the Swaziland Police and rose to the rank of Major, and was serving as a Captain when he was awarded a rare Colonial Police Forces Meritorious Service Medal in 1958, the award being presented to him by Sir Percival Leechings, the British High Commissioner for Swaziland, and being published in the London Gazette for 12th June 1958.