Lot Archive


№ 631


25 March 1997

Hammer Price:

A fine C.B.E., Second War ‘Western Desert’ D.S.O. and Great War M.C. group of twelve awarded to Brigadier C. Goulder, Royal Artillery, who commanded the regiment during the Imphal Operations in 1942

The Order of the British Empire, C.B.E. (Military) 2nd type neck badge; Distinguished Service Order, G.VI.R., the reverse suspension officially dated ‘1941’, minor chip to reverse centre; Military Cross, G.V.R.; 1914-15 Star (2.Lieut., R.F.A.); British War and Victory Medals (Major); 1939-45 Star; Africa Star; Burma Star; Defence and War Medals, with M.I.D. oak leaf emblem; Indian Independence Medal 1947 (Brig., C.B.E., D.S.O., M.C., R.A.) the group on a contemporary Court mounting, together with Warrants for the C.B.E. and D.S.O., two original M.I.D. certificates, Divisional commendation card for gallantry in action, dated 10 October 1942 and signed by General H. R. Alexander, extremely fine (12)

C.B.E. London Gazette 6 June 1946.

London Gazette 30 December 1941. The recommendation states: ‘This officer has commanded the 31st Field Regiment, R.A., with outstanding skill and determination during the advance from KASSALA to AGORDAT and during the operations culminating in the capture of CHEREN, from 17th January to 28th March, 1941. During the operations round CHEREN he has commanded a group of artillery in support of different Infantry Brigades and has gained the complete confidence of the Infantry whom he has supported. He has been under continuous heavy shell, mortar and small arms fire and has remained completely unruffled and in command of the situation under the most trying circumstances. His handling of his group has been excellent throughout and his personal example of cool courage has been an example to all who have come in contact with him.’

London Gazette 1 January 1918.

London Gazette 30 December 1941 and 9 May 1946.

Claude Goulder was born on 2 April 1896 and received officer’s training at Oundle School O.T.C. He was commissioned on 9 February 1915 and served with ‘B’ Battery, 71 Brigade, 15th Division, in France and Belgium from July 1915 until November 1918, winning the Military Cross in January 1918.

Prior to the outbreak of the Second World War he commanded the 78th Howitzer Battery, 11th field Brigade, R.A., in Meerut, India, and in 1939 was serving as a Major in Brighton. During WW2 he served in France, the Middle East and Burma. In 1941 he was commanding the 31st Field Regiment, 4th Indian Division, in the Western Desert, the Sudan and Eritrea, winning the Distinguished Service Order for the operations that culminated in the capture of Cheren in March 1941. Goulder was Commander R.A., 23rd Indian Division, during the Imphal operations from March to December 1942. On 1 October 1942, he received a commendation card from General R. H. Alexander, C-in-C Middle East Forces, ‘for gallantry in action.’ He commanded the Artillery of the 21st Indian Division during the Assam operations in 1944, and was Brigadier, Royal Artillery, 34th Corps, during the operations in Malaya and Burma in 1945. He remained in India after the war until the country gained independence in 1947. In 1949, as commander of the Woolwich Garrison, he was responsible for the ceremony for the unveiling of the War Memorial of the Royal Regiment of Artillery at Hyde Park Corner by Princess Elizabeth and Field Marshal Alanbrooke. Brigadier Goulder retired on 2 May 1950.