Aviation, Military & Transport
12 May 2017
*WWII. A fine family group, to Vice Admiral A.H. Norman, CMG, MID, Royal Navy and his son Lieutenant
Estimate: £10,000 - £15,000
The Most Distinguished Order of the St. Michael and St George (CMG) Companion's neck badge, silver-gilt and enamels, China 1900, no clasp (Midsn A.H. Norman, R.N., H.M.S. Dido.), 1914-15 Star (Commr. A.H. Norman, R.N.), British War and Victory Medals (Commr. A.H. Norman. R.N.) with MID oakleaves, plus a white metal Battle of Jutland tribute medal and related dress miniature awards, with C.M.G. box of issue, plus various original ephemera relating to Norman including Christmas cards from H.M.S. Roxburgh, Group photograph of crew on H.M.S. Valiant, M.I.D. certificate dated 15 September 1915, Commission certificate (Sub Lieutenant) 15 March 1901, Bestowal document and letter for CMG and other items, A DSO, DSC group to Lieutenant E.D. Norman, Royal Navy Distinguished Service Order, G.VI.R, 1st Issue, the reverse suspension officially dated '1941' with top riband Bar Distinguished Service Cross, G.VI.R., reverse officially dated '1941', hallmarked London 1940 1939-1945 Star, Atlantic Star, Africa Star, War Medal, Pingat Jasa Malaysia Medal, 1953 Coronation Medal, Dutch Cross of Merit of Red Cross, Dutch Red Cross Medal 1947-55, Galathea 1950-1952, Maltese George Cross Fiftieth Anniversary Medal (Kopja Copy), plus related dress miniature awards, all generally extremely fine, together with bestowal documents including Dutch red cross certificates 16 January 1959, various correspondence and Garrard cases of issue for DSO & DSC, a photograph album compiled by Norman with 16 large black and white photographs of the captured Submarine HMS Graph, some captioned and dated 15 October 1941 showing interior images and various detailing around her and hat tally for H.M. Submarine H.44., plus original article from Illustrated London News relating the capture of HMS Graph, plus an Indonesian Kris dagger with presentation plaque to Norman dated February 1960 (HMMS Malaya), and a 1977 Jubilee Medal (probably another member of the family)
CMG - London Gazette 15 July 1919 - Commander Alfred Headley Norman, R.N. 'For valuable services as Commander (N.) in the Flagship of the Admiral, Second in Command, Grand Fleet Vice Admiral A.H. Norman (1881-1973, joined the Royal Navy in 1896 as a cadet, became a midshipman the following year, advanced to Lieutenant (Navigating) 1903, Lieutenant Commander 1911, Commander 1914, Captain 1919, retiring from service 1931 and Rear Admiral in 1936, served in various ships including HMS Britannia, Dido, Undaunted, Neptune, Marlborough, Revenge and Commander, according to his obituary, he was an exceptionally skillful Navigating officer, he was commander in HMS Marlborough an 'Iron Duke' class of battleship at Jutland and was hit by a torpedo which killed two of the crew. Following the Battle of Jutland Norman received a commendation for bravery followed by his CMG Captain Edward Dudley Norman DSO, DSC, Royal Navy (1910-1998), was commission Lieutenant in 1934, advanced to Lieutenant Commander 1942, retired Captain 1960. Norman commanded six submarines during WWII, his first being HMS H 44 from 12 March 1940, H44 carried out several patrols in the North Sea and sank enemy shipping off the Norwegian coast for which Norman was awarded the DSC. Norman went out to the Mediterranean to take command of Upright in the Malta-based submarine flotilla, later dubbed "The Fighting Tenth". ON 5 February 1941 HMS Upright made a torpedo attack on an Italian convoy off Kerkenah, Tunisia. Four Torpedoes were fires at a 4000 tons merchant vessel but all missed the target. On 23 February Upright torpedoed and sank the merchant ship Silvia Tripcovich near Kerkenah Bank, there were no survivors. 25 February Upright torpedoed and sank the Italian cruiser Armando Diaz near the Kerkenah Bank and misses an Italian destroyer in the same attack, Norman was awarded the DSO for the sinking of Armando Diaz. Invalided home from Malta with dysentery in July 1941, he took command in October of the German U-boat, U.570, which had surrendered to an RAF Hudson aircraft south of Iceland in August, and was renamed HMS Graph. In a year's trials under Norman Graph gave the Allies priceless information about the construction, performance and weaponry of the standard of the standard Type VII-boat. After Graph Norman commanded Tuna and Alcide, one of the first of the long range A Class patrol submarines intended for the Pacific. Norman left the Submarine service in 1947 and had appointments in the Admiralty, with Nato, as Executive Officer of HMS Heron, the naval air station at Yeovilton, where he learned to fly, and in command of the sloop Nereide on the South African Station. The Royal Malaysian Navy, which formed independence in 1957, began to purchase a ex-Royal Navy minesweepers. But as its first Commodore, Norman laid the foundations of a small but efficient force which played a full part in the confrontation with Indonesia in the 1960s, he was awarded the Malaysian decoration, the Pingat Khidmat Berbakti. In retirement Norman became the secretary of the Royal Malta Yacht Club and played an influential role in establishing the first Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race, see lot 918.