Group of 4 unnamed as issued WWII medals. 39-45 Star, Burma Star, Defence & War Medals.
Awarded to 613391 Sgt JE Bridgwater Royal Air Force.
John Edmund Bridgwater was born to Edmund & Harriet in Montgomery, Wales in January 1920. We find the family in 1921 living at 2 Victoria Buildings, Montgomery. Johns father was the managing clerk for the Local War Pension Committee.
John in 1938 was a shop assistant when he enlisted into the Royal Air Force and included with the lot is a dated photograph, most likely after he passed recruitment.
He headed overseas in October 1943 where he was attached to Air Forces India, 85 Air Stores Park, (Arakan). He was a part of 16 Maintenance Unit.
He remained overseas until November 1946.
A nice thing to find with the lot is his waxen paper certificate of service, this notes he did receive 29 days detention in 1941!.
During his time with the Royal Air Force, John ran at Station, Wing and Command meetings winning medals and trophies. John left the RAF in July 1950.
Included with the lot are some athletic programs that John participated in. There is also a letter from RAF Uxbridge detailing where John is to be staying. RAF Uxbridge was responsible for holding some track events for the Olympic Games 1948. The letter is addressed to competitors but we assume that John was part of the ‘backroom’ staff as he is not listed as running.
Interestingly enough, Roger Bannister, the first person to run the under 4 minute mile was in attendance although at that time, he felt he wasn’t ready to compete at this level. It wasn’t until 1954 that Roger achieved his goal.
Its is recorded that John applied to become a member of the Burma Star Association in 1978. His address at that time was 27 Oakfield, Brockton, Salop.
Also with the lots comes Johns release book, his lapel badges for the Burma Star Association and the Royal Air Force Association (RAFA). His RAF cap badge is also there along with two sporting medals and a blazer badge of RAF Maintenance Command.
A real nice altogether lot with sporting & Olympic interest.
The medals are sing mounted on a clasp as worn and retain the original silk ribbons.