GALLANTRY MEDALS, ORDERS & DECORATIONS
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Stanley and Frieda Chester
Kenya Police (Reserves)

HUSBAND AND WIFE

O.B.E. (Civil)                     
Defence Medal                                                   
Unnamed
1939-45 War Medal                                          
Unnamed
Africa General Service Medal (QEII) Kenya 
E.2882 R.P.O. S. CHESTER.
Case of issue for OBE and box of issue for AGSM. Kenya Police badge on cloth backing.

Africa General Service Medal (QEII) Kenya   E.3116 R.P.O.(W) F. CHESTER.
R.P.O. - Reserve Police Officer.

Stanley Chester was born in 1907 and was a school teacher in Keighley, Yorkshire in 1939 living with his wife Frieda. He had married Frieda Booth in Keighley in 1935. During the war he is not listed at home on the Voters Lists, but his wife is still listed. In 1950 the Colonial Office asked for teachers to volunteer to help with the development of the eduction system in Kenya.
The Yorkshire Eveing Post (16 Nov. 1950) reported that Mr W.J. Wadley, Deputy of Director at the Colonial Office had interviewed several volunteers at Wakefield. "We are looking for he-men well endowed with Yorkshire grit" said Mr Wadley... among the 11 men on the short list are ... Mr Stanley Chester (43), Parkwood County Primary School." It is not clear when he first went to Kenya but they both joined the Kenya Police as Reserve Officers. The Kenya Gazette 5 May 1953: Stanley Chester to be Education Officer, Education Department, with effect from 31st May 1952.
Kenya Gazette 17 June 1952: Language Examinations. Preliminary Oral Swahili Examination: Pass: S. Chester, Education.
1954 they returned to the UK for a visit and Stanley delivered lectures on life in Kenya to various organisations. Burnley Express (24 Nov. 1954) "Mr Stanley Chester, now on holiday from his duties as school organiser under the educational authority in Kenya, was the speaker. As his duties take him into the Mau Mau country Mr Chester had much of great interest to say both about his work and the manners and customs of the people in Kenya." The Times (26 Nov.) stated; "Mr Stanley Chester, education officer for the Meru district of Kenya was the speaker at a well attended meeting .... Mr chester gave a vivid description of life in the native reserves of his part of Africa... Mr Chester said that his job was to control the 200 schools in the Meru District."

Stanley and his wife sailed back to Kenya on the "Boschfontein" 22 December 1954, Stanley listed as "Education Officer".
The Kenya Gazette 5 June 1962: Stanley Chester, B.Ed.Cert. to act as Senior Education Officer with effect from 1st July 1962, whilst undertaking the duties of Provincial Education Officer, Coast Province. In the London Gazette 1 January Stanley was awarded the O.B.E. as Education Officer, Kenya. Stanley Chester died 22 July 1983 in Surrey.
Price: 495  SOLD


Major Sydney Allen Currin
1914 Star   5th Aug-22nd Nov. 1914   TEMP. LIEUT. S.A. CURRIN, R.M. ATTD R.N. DIV.
British War Medal                                    MAJOR S.A. CURRIN. R.F.C. 
Victory Medal                                           MAJOR S.A. CURRIN. R.F.C.   (MID)

Order of St. Maurice and St. Lazarus 
Copy research. Sydney Allen Currin volunteered as Motor Car Owner-Driver (Royal Automobile Club) to go to France to chauffeur officers. The volunteers were given a temporary commission in the Royal Marines. Sydney was attached to the Royal Naval Division in Belgium from 27 September 1914. In April 1915 commissioned Lieutenant R.N.V.R. for duty with R.N.A.S.

November 1915 commissioned Special Reserve of Officers, Royal Flying Corps serving with the 2nd Kite Balloon Section. Captain January 1916. Temporary Major October 1916.
MiD Gazetted 4 January 1917 as Lieut. Special List, R.F.C. - "Has been emnployed on the Staff at HQ, RFC for the last year, and a great deal of the credit is due to him for having kept the Kite Balloons in the air continuously. His arrangements for the very difficult question of the supply of gas have been excellent, and seldom has a Balloon had to wait more than 12 hours for its gas. Also, the supply of material and keeping it up to strength has been entirely due to his efforts. (recommendation dated 15 October 1916). Awarded the Italian Order of St. Michael and St. Lazarus, Gazetted 26 May 1917.
Captain R.A.F. April 1918. Major.
After the war he was president of Nottingham Gliding Club. He died in London 7 July 1947.
Group of Four: 1995  (being sold on commission) 


Chief Officer Gerard Lee Tuppen
Rangoon Municipal Fire Brigade


Indian Police Medal for Distinguished Conduct (GV) Gerard Lee Tuppen, A.M.I.Mech.E. Chief Officer Rangoon Municipal Fire Brigade   625
Copy research. Gerard Lee Tuppen was born 21 June 1883 in Willesborough, Kent and educated at St. John's Choir School, St. Leonard's on Sea 1892-95 and St. Alban's Grammar School 1895-99. Goldsmith's Technical Institute, New Cross 1900-1902. Engineering Apprentice 1899 to 1903. Employed by Merryweather and Sons Ltd, London, who sent him around the world to work on fire fighting equipment.
July to November 1904 in charge of electrical light installation for Rio de Janeiro Police Fire Float.
April to November 1905 in charge of installing machinery for Steam Pumping Float in Venice.
November 1905 to November 1906 in charge of erecting and testing a petrol Fire Float in Huelva, Spain.
June to August 1910 constructed and transported a Motor Fire Engine to Riga, Latvia for demonstration and testing.
August to April 1911 constructed and transported motors and machinery to Montevideo, Uruguay and provided instruction in use.
April to July 1911 conducted trials and instructions on 3 Motor Fire Engines in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
July to November 1912 construction and transported special Motor Fire Engines to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and provided instruction.
1918 a Founder Member of the Institution of Fire Engineers
July 1920 sailed to Rangoon, Burma and appointed Chief Officer and Engineer, Rangoon Municipal Fire Service.
In 1935 he filed a patent for a Refuse Destructor: "Gerard Lee Tuppen, Burma, India".
January 1938 arrived in the UK with his wife and daughter. Intended residence is London.
Fire Protection and A.R.P. Book 1940 lists "four Engineering Inspectors" including G. Lee Tuppen.
He died in Tunbridge Wells 8 February 1954.

Order of British India (2nd class)    950
Full-size, gold and enamels. It looks to have had a suspender added and the ribbon shortened to enable it to be worn on the chest.

Imperial Service Medal (GVI)  ERNEST JACKMAN          30                                                                             
London Gazette 2 December 1952: Labourer, HM Dockyard, Portsmouth. In the 1939 census he is shown as: Ernest Jackman, born 27 April 1889, married, Heavy shipyard worker. Lived at 33 Raglan Street, Portsmouth.

Imperial Service Medal (GVI)  EDWARD MORGAN          20