A World War Two Royal Navy, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, Royal Naval Air Service, Royal Australian Navy Officers group of three awarded to Lieutenant Commander Ronald Edgar George Manners Clarke, comprising 1939-45 Star, 1939-45 Defence Medal, 1939-45 War Medal, all unnamed as issued, with bestowal slip confirming awards addressed to Lt Cdr R.E.G. Clarke R.N. Crossways, Hindhead, Surrey, very fine, as issued.
Ronald Edgar George Manners Clarke was born on the 1st September 1912 in Hindhead, Surrey.
An Engineer by trade he attained his Royal Aero Club Aviators Certificate in a De Havilland Gipsy Moth on the 4th November 1931 at the Brooklands school of flying. Gaining Certificate number 10221, he features in a photograph in the Brooklands graduate yearbook.
By the time of the 1939 censid he is listed as a Special Constable, and aeronautical engineer while living in Crossways, Portsmouth Road, Hinhead, Surrey, however, he is not entitled to a Special Constabulary Long Service Medal as he was commissioned as a Temporary Sub-Lieutenant in the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve, gazetted 14th June 1940. He was transferred as Lieutenant (A) into the Royal Navy as of May 1940 and stationed on H.M.S. Merlin.
Ronald was quickly promoted to Acting Temporary Lieutenant Commander on H.M.S. Unicorn, the Aircraft repair and maintenance Aircraft Carrier from 1942. By June 1943 he is listed as having served with UKUSSA (RNAS Katukurunda) as a full Lieutenant Commander, Temporary Acting Commander RNVR, no doubt for Service in Ceylon, alas missing out on the Italy and Burma stars.
From the 19th November 1945 he was transferred to the Navy Air Branch, as Temporary acting Lieutenant Commander and served from 1947 on H.M.S. Siskin as Acting Commander RNAS.
Sold with 40 pages of research, London Gazette entries and two copy photographs.
In 1948 he was transferred to H.M.S. Sanderling RNAS Abbotsinch, Paisley, Scotland as an Acting Lieutenant Commander.
From the 9th April 1949 Ronald was on loan from the Royal Navy to the Royal Australian Navy for two years stationed at Canberra, Australia and is listed in the Royal Australian Navy lists a Lieutenant Commander in 1950.
Ronald was released from Royal Navy Service in 1953.