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13 October 2021

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Orders, Decorations, Medals and Militaria

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Lot

№ 5

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13 October 2021

Hammer Price:
£160

The Second War Honorary O.B.E. attributed to Colonel A. E. Brundage, Signal Section, United States Armed Forces

The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, O.B.E. (Military) Officer’s 2nd type breast badge, silver-gilt, in Royal Mint case of issue, gilding almost all rubbed, and the outside of the case of issue somewhat distressed, otherwise nearly extremely fine £160-£200

O.B.E. not Gazetted but announced 29 December 1945.

The official citation states: ‘From 1941 to 1943 Lieutenant-Colonel Brundage was Chief of the Signal Section, International Aid Division, U.S. War Department, where his services in the supply of Signal equipment for the British Army all over the world were of a very high order. It was in no small measure due to his efficient handling of the many requisitions involved that a steady flow of this invaluable equipment reached the British Forces in the field. His unfailing assistance to his British associates in Washington will long be remembered.

Albert Edward Brundage was born on 2 October 1892 and in civilian life was employed by the Western Electric Company as a salesman and engineering consultant for railroads and oil and pipe-line companies on communication systems, including telephone circuits, dispatch circuits, and carrier systems. Having served briefly during the Great War he held a Reserve Commission in the United States Infantry until 1941, when he was commissioned into the Signal Corps. He served during the Second World War as Office in Charge of the Foreign Aid Section, and later as a Signal Supply Officer. For his services he was awarded the Bronze Star, and was also appointed an honorary Officer of the Order of the British Empire.

Sold with various letters, original service records, newspaper cutting, photographs, and other ephemera, all contained in an embossed leather ‘War Service Record’ folder.