A WW2 & Papal Order of St Sylvester Group to Mills
A Very Rare WW2 Territorial and Order of St Sylvester Group of 4 awarded to Major John Walter Mills, TD, Warwickshire Yeomanry, later High Sheriff of Warwickshire during the year 1959, he was given this rare Papal award in recognition of his ‘tradition of civic service and of his work for the Church’, comprising: Defence and War Medals, 1939-1945, Efficiency Decoration, GVIR, Territorial Clasp (1950), The Papal Order of St Sylvester, Knight’s 4th Class Breast Badge in silver gilt and enamels, sold with original box of issue with rosette by Tanfani & Bertarelli, Roma, set of miniatures, and large cased Royal Mint Commemorative Medal in Silver, 1992, ‘Millenium of the Office of High Sheriff’; medals unnamed as issued, swing mounted on bar with reverse pin for wear. A little loss of gilding in places to latter, good very fine and toned, rare. (5) “RARE CHURCH HONOUR FOR COVENTRY MAN – A Coventry businessman, Mr John Walter Mills, of 62, Kenilworth Road, has been appointed to the Knighthood of Pope St Silvester, a rare distinction for a layman in the Roman Catholic Church. The honour was conferred ‘in recognition of Mr Mills’ work in upholding the tradition of civic service and of his work for the Church.’ Mr Mills was Sheriff of Warwickshire last year. The notification of the award was made by the Archbishop of Birmingham, Dr. Francis Grimshaw, at a private luncheon on Saturday. The guests included Canon Gerald Hodgson, who was Mr Mills’ chaplain during his term of office. Mr Mills is the assistant managing director of Mills and Rockleys, the outdoor advertising firm. He is the son of a former Sheriff of the County, Mr George Mills, who is chairman and managing director of the firm. Mr Mills, who is married, with a son and two daughters, is well known as a veteran car enthusiast. He has competed several times in the RAC London-to-Brighton rally.