A rare Second World War Middle East, Egypt and British East Africa, and Rhodesia Bush War Police Reserve Officer’s, Efficiency Medal for Southern Rhodesia, Rhodesia General Service Medal and Rhodesia Police Reserve Long Service Medal group awarded to Corporal D.E. Durrant, Southern Rhodesian Forces, sometime Southern Rhodesian Rifles and Labour Corps, one time 11th Hussars, 11th Division Recce Unit, and East African Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, who was one of 230 recipients of the Efficiency Medal for Southern Rhodesia with King George

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A rare Second World War Middle East, Egypt and British East Africa, and Rhodesia Bush War Police Reserve Officer’s, Efficiency Medal for Southern Rhodesia, Rhodesia General Service Medal and Rhodesia Police Reserve Long Service Medal group awarded to Corporal D.E. Durrant, Southern Rhodesian Forces, sometime Southern Rhodesian Rifles and Labour Corps, one time 11th Hussars, 11th Division Recce Unit, and East African Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, who was one of 230 recipients of the Efficiency Medal for Southern Rhodesia with King George VI 1st type bust, which he received on 26th July 1944, and went on to serve as a Reserve Police Officer during the Rhodesian Bush War, receiving the Rhodesia Police Reserve Long Service Medal in the Gazette of Rhodesia on 30th September 1977.

Group of 7: Rhodesia General Service Medal; (11820X F/R D.E. DURRANT); Rhodesia Police Reserve Long Service Medal; (11820X F/R D.E. DURRANT (P)); 1939-1945 Star; Africa Star; Defence Medal; War Medal; Efficiency Medal, GVI 1st type bust, Southern Rhodesia suspension; (CR1775 P/A/CPL. DENNIS E. DURRANT)

Condition: Good Very Fine.

Dennis Edward Durrant was a pre-war member of the Southern Rhodesian Rifles, and as a Rifleman, was part of the winning team in the Sons of England Shield rifle competition in 1937. He then enlisted into the Southern Rhodesia Forces on the outbreak of the Second World War on 4th September 1939, when he was posted to the 1st Service Battery, Southern Rhodesian Forces.

Having disembarked in Egypt on 30th April 1940, he then attested for the Royal Armoured Corps and was posted as a Private (No.7955057) to the 11th Royal Hussars. On 16th March 1941 he left Egypt, and disembarked in British East Africa on 30th March 1941, and Durrant was then posted to the 11th Division Recce Unit as a Driver, having passed for that qualification on 20th May 1941.

Posted back as a Trooper (No.CR-1775) to the Southern Rhodesian Forces on 22nd October 1942, he was then promoted to Corporal and posted to the King George VI Barracks on 18th November 1943, before being attached to the Southern Rhodesian Labour Corps from 11th January 1944. On 19th February 1944 he enlisted into the East African Forces, and on 26th July 1944 was awarded the Efficiency Medal by H.E. The Governor of Southern Rhodesia. There were 230 recipient’s of the Efficiency Medal for Southern Rhodesia with King George VI 1st type bust.

On 11th August 1944 Durrant passed his trade test as a Vehicle Mechanic, and on 3rd February 1945 he was posted to the East African Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, being then posted six days later to the 401st East African Base Workshops. Durrant was discharged on demobilisation on 30th August 1945. Durrant later served as a Reserve Police Officer (No.11820X) during the Rhodesian Bush War, and received the Rhodesia Police Reserve Long Service Medal in the Gazette of Rhodesia on 30th September 1977.


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