King Haakon of Norway Freedom Medal Gallantry Group


King Haakon of Norway Medal Freedom Medal WW2 and 1919 Military Cross

Rudolph Victor Dawes

Rudolph Victor Dawes

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Double Gallantry Military Cross Group. WW1 WW2  (France WW1) (Norway and Gibraltar WW2) Military Cross, War Medal, Victory Medal, Defence Medal, War Medal, King Haakon of Norway Medal Freedom Medal 1940-1945 mounted on a bar with corresponding miniatures on a bar. BWM and Victory Medals named to R. V. DAWES.  . Together with 1 portrait photograph and 1 Unit photograph of 151 Siege Battery, Royal Artillery, with whom he won the Military Cross. He entered France as a Lieutenant 28th August 1916 and his Military Cross was published in the London Gazette 1st January 1919. He was serving with 151st Siege Battery and it is pleasing to note the Unit photo of the 151st at Bristol dated August 1916 (he is front row, 5th from right). His service in the Second World War was in Norway and Gibraltar, as per the notes in his biography in the book, East Grinstead through the Lens. His Medal of Freedom, issued by King Haakon of Norway is confirmed in the book – Norwegian War Decorations Awarded to Members of the British Armed Forces 1940-1945, by Arne Simenstad. His entry in this book reads – DAA QMG Trondeheim Zone.

Rudolf Victor Dawes became the most influential Headmaster of East Grinstead Grammar School (now Imberhorne College) whose headship spanned World War 2. Before the Second World War he had attended Cambridge, where he won a half-blue for cross-country running. He later taught at Plymouth College, Rossall School (please note his WW1 MIC card address), Nantwich Grammar, Acton Grammar and took his first headship at Donnington Grammar, Spalding, Lincs. prior to being appointed Headmaster at East Grinstead Grammar School. He was highly though of at East Grinstead and returned after WW2 to resume post as head until 1961. It is noted that he was awarded the MC in the Great War and that he spent the duration of the Second World War in the Defence of Gibraltar. It is of particular interest that he is mentioned in reference to an exhibition at the Natural History Museum for fossil contributions obtained during tunnel excavations in Gibraltar (by Major R V Dawes R.A.). Free postage.

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