Second World War North West Europe Recce Corps Officer’s Territorial long service group awarded to Lieutenant and Honorary Captain R.J. Higgs, Reconnaissance Corps and Royal Armoured Corps, Territorial Army, who saw service in North West Europe with the 15th Scottish Reconnaissance Regiment as part of the 15th Scottish Infantry Division, which fought in Normandy during the Battle for Caen, and then crossed the Seine and advanced into Belgium and Holland. Higgs was initially listed as wounded in action circa September 1944, however this casualty report was later amended to state he was a non battle casualty. He was awarded the Efficiency Medal in November 1947.
Group of 5: 1939-1945 Star; France and Germany Star; Defence Medal; War Medal; Efficiency Medal, GVI 1st type bust, Territorial suspension; (LT. R.J. HIGGS. R.A.C.), this last with its named card box of issue with its typed gazette date for 7th November 1947. First four with the Army Council Campaign Medal Award Slip confirming entitlement to ‘4’ awards, and the War Office card box of issue addressed to: ‘Capt. R.J. Higgs, 15th (S) Recce Regt., 8 Avondale Rd., Bromley, Kent.’
Condition: Nearly Extremely Fine.
Royston James Higgs was commissioned from Cadet as a 2nd Lieutenant (No.277928) into the Royal Armoured Corps on 29th May 1943, and then saw service during the Second World War in North West Europe with the 15th Scottish Reconnaissance Regiment as part of the 15th Scottish Infantry Division.
As part of the 15th Division, the 15th Recce Regiment took part in Operation Epsom in Normandy during the Battle for Caen. It was then involved in Operation Jupiter and the Battle for Hill 112, Operations Bluecoat and Enterprise, the Seine Crossing, and the advance in Belgium and Holland, the operations on the Maas, and the crossing of the Rhine, entering Germany as part of Operation Plunder in late March 1945, it ended up on the Baltic and occupied both Lübeck and Kiel.
Higgs was serving as a War Substantive Lieutenant with 15th Scottish Recce when he is listed as wounded in action with the regiment circa September 1944, no exact date being given in he initial report, this statement of his being wounded is then amended to ‘not a battle casualty’ he having clearly been injured whilst on campaign but not as a result of enemy action.