Lot Archive


№ 1167


6 July 2004

Hammer Price:

Greece, Kingdom, Royal Order of the Redeemer, Commander’s neck badge, 78 x 50mm., silver-gilt and enamel, with neck cravat, in Huguenin, Le Locle case of issue, nearly extremely fine £100-150

Sold with original Greek bestowal document and British ‘Licence to Wear’ document, to Captain Gerald Cartmell Harrison, Royal Navy. The latter dated 20 July 1933 bears the citation, ‘Whereas The President of the Hellenic Republic has been pleased to confer upon you the Insignia of Commander of the Redeemer in recognition of valuable services rendered by you on the occasion of the earthquake in Chalcidice ...’ Also with a portrait photograph of the recipient in uniform. In 1933 Captain Harrison was in command of the destroyer flotilla leader H.M.S. Keith, of the 4th Flotilla based in the Mediterranean.

Gerald Cartmell Harrison was born in Congleton, Cheshire on 8 October 1883. He played cricket as a right-handed batsman for Hampshire and the M.C.C., 1914-20. Serving in the Royal Navy, he attained the rank of Rear-Admiral. He died in Blyth, Nottinghamshire on 10 August 1943 whilst serving at the Admiralty (H.M.S.
President). His ashes were cast upon the Solent from Minesweeper 205 on 17 September 1943. A plaque to his memory was placed by his widow in the nave of St. Ann’s Church, Portsmouth.