Second World War North Africa 1st Army and Italian Campaign July 1945 Mention in Despatches, post-war Cyprus EOKA Emergency and Territorial long service group awarded to Captain later Squadron Leader R.V. Palmer, Essex Regiment, Territorial Army, later Royal Air Force, who was commissioned in July 1942, and would appear to have seen survive with the 59th (The Essex Regiment) Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment in North Africa from November 1942, being then wounded in action on 24th December 1942. Having recovered from his wound, he then saw service in Italy as a Staff Officer, and was serving on the Staff of Brigadier Alban Low, the deputy to the Commanding Officer of Rome Area Allied Command when he was awarded a Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished service in the Italian Campaign, this being published in the London Gazette of 19th July 1945. Awarded the Efficiency Medal in the London Gazette of 13th June 1947, he went on to transfer into the Royal Air Force in June 1950, and saw service with the Secretarial Branch, being present on service in Cyprus during the EOKA Emergency at some stage during the period from 1st April 1955 to 18th April 1959.
Group of 7: 1939-1945 Star; Africa Star with 1st Army Clasp; Italy Star; Defence Medal; War Medal with Mention in Despatches Oakleaf; General Service Medal 1918-1962, EIIR Dei.Grat. bust, 1 Clasp: Cyprus; (FLT.LT. R.V. PALMER. R.A.F.); Efficiency Medal, GVI 2nd type bust, Territorial suspension; (LT. R.V. PALMER. ESSEX.), mounted swing style as worn.
Condition: Good Very Fine.
Together with the following:
Recipient’s matching group of miniature medals mounted swing style as worn.
Booklet titled: ‘Rome Area Allied Command’, a printed in Rome in 1945, in which Palmer is listed as a Captain and a British Staff Officer Grade 1 on the staff of Brigadier Alban Low, the deputy to the Commanding Officer of Rome Area Allied Command.
Roy Vernon Palmer was born on 8th February 1920 and originally enlisted into the Territorial Army and was commissioned from an Officer Cadet to be a 2nd Lieutenant (No.237928) in the Essex Regiment on 11th July 1942. Palmer then saw service in North Africa with the 1st Army and in Italy. As such Palmer would appear to have been serving in the 59th (The Essex Regiment) Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment, which was formerly the 7th Battalion, and which landed in North Africa with the First Army in November 1932, and later saw service with the Eighth Army in the Italian Campaign. It was whilst he was on active service in North Africa that Palmer was wounded in action on 24th December 1942.
Palmer was awarded a Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished service in the Italian Campaign, this being published in the London Gazette of 19th July 1945, by which time he was a temporary Captain and serving on the Staff of Brigadier Alban Low, the deputy to the Commanding Officer of Rome Area Allied Command. His home address at this time is given as Sheffield, Yorkshire, which is presumably where he went to reside at the end of the war.
Palmer was then awarded the Efficiency Medal in the London Gazette of 13th June 1947. Palmer relinquished his commission as a Lieutenant in the Essex Regiment on 12th June 1950, on his being appointed to a commission in the Royal Air Force.
Palmer having opted to switch services, was granted a short service commission as a Flying Officer (No.501182) with the Royal Air Force on 12th June 1950, with seniority back dated to 7th September 1946, he having signed on for five years on the Active List, and four years with the Reserve. Posted to the Secretarial Branch. Promoted to Flight Lieutenant on 4th January 1951, and then transferred to a Permanent Commission as a Flight Lieutenant with the Secretarial Branch on 8th April 1952. Palmer went on to see service in Cyprus during the EOKA Emergency at some stage during the period from 1st April 1955 to 18th April 1959.
Palmer was promoted to Squadron Leader and then transferred to the General List on 1st January 1960, and was then transferred to the Royal Air Force Reserve at his own request on 8th May 1972, having by then become an Associate Member of the British Institute of Management. Palmer died on 29th October 2003 in Richmond-upon-Thames, Surrey.