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№ 1297


1 December 2004

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A Second World War M.B.E. group of eight to Commissioned Shipwright G. M. Sopp, Royal Navy

Order of the British Empire, M.B.E. (Military) Member’s 2nd type breast badge; 1939-45 Star; Atlantic Star; Africa Star; Burma Star, clasp, Pacific; Defence and War Medals, M.I.D. oak leaf; Malta George Cross 50th Anniversary Medal, these all unnamed as issued,

Three: Driver G. Sopp, Royal Engineers

1914 Star (21986 Dvr., R.E.); British War and Victory Medals (21986 Dvr., R.E.)

Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, no clasp (M. Sopp, Sto., H.M.S. Gibraltar) good very fine and better (12)


Michael Sopp was born on 1 May 1878 in Sunderland. A labourer by occupation he volunteered for the Royal Navy in August 1897 and served 12 years. Medal to Michael Sopp sold with original service paper.

Medals to Driver Gregory Sopp, R.E. sold with copied m.i.c.

George Michael Sopp was born on 10 January 1906 in Gosport, Hampshire. He entered the Royal Navy in 1926 as a Shipwright Artificer Apprentice and was promoted to the rank of Commissioned Shipwright Officer in 1937, Senior Commissioned Shipwright Officer in 1946, Lieutenant in 1952 and Lieutenant-Commander in 1954. For his wartime services he was awarded the M.B.E. in 1946 and mentioned in despatches (
London Gazette 2 June 1943). Citation for the former reads, ‘For outstanding services as Shipwright Officer and head of the Repair Department in H.M.S. Resource. Under a cheerful and competent leadership, his department, always both overworked and undermanned, more than met every call made upon it.’

Sold with a quantity of original papers, including: Certificate of Service; M.B.E. bestowal document and citation; M.I.D. certificate; Passing Certificate of the Qualification for Warrant Shipwright; R.N. Higher Educational Certificate.

Sold additionally with the Certificate of Service to George William Morley, who was born in Titchfield, Hampshire on 3 April 1852 and entered the Royal Navy on 26 February 1874.