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The extremely rare Suez Operation Musketeer, Bomb and Mine Clearance Mediterranean, Malay Peninsula, and long service group awarded to Petty Officer D.J. Wilkinson, Royal Navy, who having seen service during the operations in the Near East off the...

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Product ID: CMA/29041
Condition: light contact wear, Good Very Fine.
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The extremely rare Suez Operation Musketeer, Bomb and Mine Clearance Mediterranean, Malay Peninsula, and long service group awarded to Petty Officer D.J. Wilkinson, Royal Navy, who having seen service during the operations in the Near East off the Egyptian coast as part of Operation Musketeer which lasted from 31st October to 22nd December 1956, then went on to see service with the Fleet Clearance Diving Team and the men of the seaman branch employed in the removal of recovered bombs and mines during the period from 1st January 1953 to 31st December 1960. The majority of the work centred around Malta and, in particular, the main harbour of Valletta where large quantities of bombs were recovered from a number of merchant vessels that had been sunk by air attack during the Second War, such as the motor vessels Talbot and Pampas. Only 65 awards of the Bomb and Mine Clearance Mediterranean clasp to the Naval General Service Medal were ever made. Wilkinson went on to see service in the Malay Peninsula operations in the period from 17th August 1964 through to 11th August 1966, and subsequently as a Petty Officer, was awarded the Royal Navy Long Service and Good Conduct Medal whilst serving with Pembroke.

Group of 3: Naval General Service Medal 1909-1962, EIIR Dei.Grat. bust, 2 Clasps: Near East, B. & M. Clearance Mediterranean; (D/J.949111 D.J. WILKINSON. J.SMN.1. R.N.); Campaign Service Medal 1962, 1 Clasp: Malay Peninsula; (J.949111 D.J. WILKINSON. LDG.SEA. R.N.); Royal Navy Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, EIIR Dei.Grat. bust; (J949111J D.J. WILKINSON PO HMS PEMBROKE), mounted swing style as worn.

Condition: light contact wear, Good Very Fine.

Provenance: Buckland, Dix & Wood, December 1994.

Awarded to Junior Seaman later Petty Officer (No.J.949111) D.J. Wilkinson, Royal Navy, who saw service during the operations in the Near East off the Egyptian coast as part of Operation Musketeer which lasted from 31st October to 22nd December 1956, and then went on to see service with the Fleet Clearance Diving Team and the men of the seaman branch employed in the removal of recovered bombs and mines during the period from 1st January 1953 to 31st December 1960. The majority of the work centred around Malta and, in particular, the main harbour of Valletta where large quantities of bombs were recovered from a number of merchant vessels that had been sunk by air attack during the Second War, such as the motor vessels Talbot and Pampas. These men, were awarded the extremely rare Bomb and Mine Clearance Mediterranean clasp to the Naval General Service Medal, of which only 65 were ever awarded.

Clearance Diving takes its name from the operations carried out towards the end and after the Second World War to clear the ports and harbours of the Mediterranean and Northern Europe of unexploded ordnance and booby traps laid by the Germans. Lieutenant Commander Lionel ‘Buster’ Crabb was one of those involved in clearance operations in Italy having seen success against the limpet mines placed on ships in Gibraltar harbour by Italian charioteers operating from a ship interned across the bay in Algeceiras harbour. On 19 April 1956, he was to disappear in mysterious circumstances when the Soviet cruiser Ordzhonikidze brought Khrushchev and Bulganin to Portsmouth. The Mediterranean Clearance Diviing Team undertook the clearance of Second World War ordnance in the Grand Harbour, Malta.

Having been promoted to Leading Seaman, Wilkinson was present in the Malay Peninsula operations in the period from 17th August 1964 through to 11th August 1966, and subsequently as a Petty Officer, was awarded the Royal Navy Long Service and Good Conduct Medal whilst serving with Pembroke.